On Tuesday, American rapper Travis Scott was sued in Los Angeles federal court by a trio of European songwriters for alleged copyright infringement over his song Highest In The Room. A 37-page complaint was filed by Benjamin Lasnier, Olivier Bassil and Lukas Benjamin accusing Scott of using the guitar melody from their song Cartier with authorization.
The lawsuits filed by the trio claimed they created the Cartier song with distinctive guitar melody in 2019 and Lasnier a few days later posted a link in an online discussion group for music producers, according to the lawsuit.
‘There is no doubt that Defendants’ ”Highest in the Room” was modeled after and copied original, prominent and qualitatively and quantitatively important parts of Plaintiff’s ”Cartier”,’ the complaint stated.
The lawsuit further informs that Lasnier sent their music to at least 100 producers and artists, including Lepr, seeking interest in licensing their work for future collaborations. After posting the song on Instagram, Lasnier reportedly started corresponding with Lepr and sent him beats for licensing consideration.
‘Everything we basically have to say is set forth in the Complaint. I will just add that our clients are very successful songwriters/producers who, as set forth in the Complaint, and is common practice, corresponded with the defendant writers with an eye toward licensing their work through a collaboration,’ said Richard Busch, the attorney for the three songwriters to Bill.
He added: ‘They never expected that this would end up in a lawsuit but felt they had no choice but to take this action under these circumstances.’ The three of song writers asked a federal judge to declare that Scott and the others willfully infringed on their on their work.