Within the fall of 2021, Dangerous Bunny and his collaborators on the YHLQMDLG observe “Safaera” have been hit with a copyright infringement lawsuit over samples used within the tune. The grievance was filed by AOM Music, Inc.—whose registered agent is Omar Merced, the son of BM Data founder Pedro Merced. The swimsuit claimed that “Safaera” accommodates music from DJ Playero’s influential Playero mixtapes—particularly the songs “Besa Tu Cuerpo,” “Chocha con Bicho,” and “Sigan Bailando.” Now, Dangerous Bunny and his collaborators have reached a preliminary settlement with Merced, Rolling Stone stories and Pitchfork can affirm.
In accordance with court docket paperwork seen by Pitchfork, all events reached a “settlement in precept” throughout a latest mediation. It was additionally famous that “a draft of a settlement settlement has been circulated, however the Events count on this course of to take a while for the reason that settlement is complicated and would require the overview and approval of a number of company and particular person events.”
Because of the mediation outcomes, a federal decide in California suspended hearings within the case on Tuesday, January 24. If a proper dismissal of the case isn’t filed by February 17, the events should report again on the standing of the settlement course of, the decide dominated.
Within the unique grievance, Merced requested for $150,000 in statutory damages for every infringed work or precise damages in the best way of any and all beneficial properties, income, and benefits derived from the discharge of “Safaera,” as properly an injunction to impound or destroy the infringing works and attorneys charges.
The grievance cited Pitchfork’s opinions of “Safaera” and YLHQMDLG as proof of DJ Playero’s affect on the tune, and included a graphic evaluating the musical notation of “Besa Tu Cuerpo,” “Chocha con Bicho,” and “Sigan Bailando” with that of “Safaera.”
Together with Dangerous Bunny, the defendants listed within the swimsuit are rappers Jowell & Randy and Ñengo Stream, in addition to producers Tainy and DJ Orma, Dangerous Bunny’s label Rimas Leisure, and several other different labels and publishing corporations. After its launch in February of 2020, “Safaera” was briefly pulled from digital streaming companies in Might of that 12 months because of pattern clearance points.
When reached by Pitchfork, lawyer for AOM Music, Inc., supplied no remark. Pitchfork has additionally reached out to representatives for Dangerous Bunny and attorneys for the musician and his co-defendants.
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