“Despacito” creator Luis Alfonso Rodríguez López-Cepero, Warner Music, Universal Music Latin Entertainment, Sony/ATV Music Publishing, and others were all named in a new lawsuit over copyright infringement by Steely & Clevie Production, a Dancehall label. The lawsuit alleges multiple songs of his feature sequences of beats and rhythms that Steely and Clevie created in 1989 in “Dem Bow.” 

“The song Despacito, by Luis Fonsi featuring Daddy Yankee, appears to have drum pattern elements from Fish Market, beginning at minute 1:00 to the end of the song, which had been done in a tempo slightly slower than Steely and Clevie’s Dancehall original.”

Clevie “is a world-renowned influential and innovative composer, musician and producer known for, pioneering the use of drum machines in Reggae” and that the late Steelie “was a visionary and innovative composer, musician and producer,” who together “formed the writing, musical and producing duo Steely & Clevie, and worked on numerous genre-defining projects.”

 

– Excerpt from an article for Dancehall Mag by Claudia Gardner. Read the full article here.

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