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Ariana Grande Sued Over "The Way"

Image courtesy of Republic Records (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Republic Records (via ABC News Radio)

Ariana Grande 's 2013 was going so well...and then she got hit with a lawsuit.

According to The Hollywood Reporter , Ariana, her publishing company, her record label and others are being sued for copyright infringement for her hit " The Way ."  Minder Music, a U.K. company that owns the rights to a 1972 song called " Troglodyte ," is claiming that "The Way" rips off a particular "iconic" phrase from that tune.

In the original song, by the Jimmy Castor Bunch , a disco/funk group, there's a lengthy spoken intro in which a voice says, "What we’re gonna do right here is go back, way back, back into time.”  The lyrics to "The Way" include this line: "What we gotta do right here is go back, back into time."

The original phrase was been used in other artists' songs, including Christina Aguilera and N.W.A. , according to the publication.  So Minder Music claims that it can't be used without a license.  The lawsuit argues that the two lines are "strikingly similar," and its placement in the song is a "deliberate attempt to copy 'Troglodyte'" and "to evoke ['Troglodyte'] to the many fans of it."

Minder Music wants a permanent injunction against "The Way," a declaration of willful copyright infringement, and damages of $150,000 per each instance of infringement, as well as attorneys' fees.

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