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- The Bratz maker’s Poopsie Slime Surprise line has been accused of copying My Humps
- BMG is seeking at least $10 million in damages
(Portal) – Music publisher BMG Rights Management on Thursday sued toymaker MGA Entertainment Inc. in federal court in Manhattan, alleging that MGA copied the Black Eyed Peas song “My Humps” to make pooping and dancing unicorn dolls from its Poopsie toy line Slime Surprise”.
The lawsuit alleges that MGA’s toys sing a song called “My Poops,” which rips off the rap group’s 2005 hit. BMG said the toy line made MGA tens of millions of dollars in part because of “My Poops,” and is seeking at least $10 million in damages from the court.
BMG and its attorney said they had no comment on the lawsuit. MGA did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
BMG said it owns 75% of the copyright to the composition of “My Humps,” which went double platinum in the United States and reached number three on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.
MGA is best known for its Bratz line of dolls. The lawsuit states that one of MGA’s unicorn dolls dances and sings “My Poops” at the touch of a button on her heart-shaped belly button.
BMG also said MGA created a music video to promote the dolls and other unicorn dolls that “shed sparkling slime,” with animated versions of the toys dancing and singing to “My Poops.”
The lawsuit cited several alleged similarities in the songs’ melodies, lyrics, chords and other elements. BMG also said the “My Poops” singer sounds “very similar” to Black Eyed Peas singer Fergie.
According to the complaint, MGA ignored cease and desist letters from BMG.
The case is BMG Rights Management (US) LLC v. MGA Entertainment Inc, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, No. 1:23-cv-00465.
For BMG: Seth Berman from Abrams Fensterman
For MGA: Attorney information not available
(NOTE: This story was updated after BMG declined to comment on the lawsuit.)
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