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Alicia Keys sued over 'Girl on Fire'

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Alicia Keys is facing a legal battle with a songwriter who has accused her of plagiarizing part of her hit single "Girl on Fire."

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Songwriter Earl Shuman, whose music has been performed by stars including Tom Jones and Barbra Streisand, filed a copyright infringement lawsuit in a California federal court last week, accusing the singer of using parts of a track he wrote in 1962, without permission. The song was a chart hit for Eddie Holman in 1970 after he recorded it as "Hey There Lonely Girl," and Shuman claims it was illegally sampled by Keys.

The lawsuit targets Keys as well as the co-writers of the song and her record label, Sony Music Entertainment. The legal documents, obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, state, "Plaintiff alleges that Keys ... did not obtain authorization concerning the use of 'Lonely Boy/Girl' before writing, distributing and/or exhibiting 'Girl on Fire' ... Defendants are earning money from the exploitation of 'Girl on Fire' ... without credit, attribution, payment of royalties, or other recognition of Plaintiff's rights."

"Girl on Fire" is the lead single from Keys' album of the same name. The song was released in September.

35Comments
Dec 24, 2012 7:41PM
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the guy just wants the money because the song is a hit no because she stole his words and no offense but this song came out way after hunger games Argaenei this song is about empowerment I like it
Dec 24, 2012 4:14PM
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i can't understand the problem.. Shuman's song sounds nothing like "Girl on Fire"  Perhaps three words may have been the same,  Some people will do anything for a few easy bucks
Dec 23, 2012 6:07PM
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Frankly, I originally thought she'd covered the INXS song. Of course, then I heard it on a commercial; for the first of countless times...
Dec 19, 2012 6:44PM
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What does any of this matter if the world ends on Friday? Lol.
Dec 19, 2012 7:55AM
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Its 4 words and Sorry but nobody owns words... If that be the case then they should be sueing everyone who talks. Earl is only looking to make money any way he can. To me hes nothing more than a snake in the grass. Now if she used and entire segment of the song or used the rythem of the song or even used the basis of the song to launch Girl on Fire then that is a different story. How many times has anyone said the same words even in the movies how many times has the inuendo been made of a lonely girl in a lonely world. MANY folks! 
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