Chris Brown: ‘No Guidance’ copyright lawsuit dropped by prosecutor

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Chris Brown, who filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Chris Brown and Drake, has dropped the lawsuit.

The lawsuit was filed last year by two virtually unknown artists who allege that No Guidance stole their little-known 2016 track I Love Your Dress. Artists Brandon Cooper and Timothy Valentine filed a joint motion with attorneys for Chris Brown on Thursday, asking the court to dismiss the lawsuit outright, according to legal documents obtained by Urban Islandz. There are reports that Brown has reached an agreement with the artists, but no details have been released.

Back in April, the couple voluntarily released Drake from their lawsuit, leaving Breezy and Sony Music Entertainment as defendants in the case.

“No Guidance” was released three years after the Cooper and Valentine song on June 8, 2019. The track, which appeared on Brown’s chart-topping Indigo, featured Drake and was a commercially successful track, spending 46 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 from its June release through October, when it peaked at number 5.

The track also received a 2020 Grammy nomination for Best R&B Song. According to Cooper and Valentine, the song shared many similarities with their track and even used some of the same lyrics—”you got it” in the hook, similar to their song.

While Brown had responded to the lawsuit by claiming that the lawsuit was unfounded and did not prove the artists copied their track, Cooper and Valentine had accused both Drake and Brown of attempting to steal their song and then claims that because they are unknown, they should not sue.

“This argument – essentially that the defendants are somehow immune to copyright infringement claims by people not as famous as themselves – is both selfish and lacking any legal basis,” they replied. “Clearly, defendants can and should be held accountable for their transgressions, regardless of fame or status.”

In the most recent motion to dismiss, the artists do not provide a reason for dropping the lawsuit. Chris Brown’s attorneys have not commented on the matter.

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