International Manufacturing Concepts, Melomega Music, and Sound Gems have sued Justin Bieber and the country music duet Dan + Shay, among others, for copyright infringement for their 2019 hit song ‘10,000 Hours.’ The song debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 when it was released in 2019.
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The action claims that Bieber, 28, and the trio (Dan Smyers, 34, and Shay Mooney, 30) “stole the main component” of the 1973 song “The First Time Baby Is A Holiday,” originally written by Palmer Rakes and Frank Fioravanti, including the chorus, verse, and hook, according to documents received.
The complaint also claims that the song was not published until 2014, approximately five years before ‘10,000 Hours,’ and that there are “unmistakable similarities,” according to documents acquired by the site.
The firms are demanding credit for the music, as well as money in damages, statutory damages, legal expenses, and “an injunction banning future dissemination of the tune,” according to the lawsuit.
The song was released four days after Bieber married Hailey Baldwin for the second time in a religious wedding in South Carolina, which was attended by the couple’s close friends, including Smyers and Mooney, as well as Scooter Braun, who manages all three artists.
Meanwhile, the song won the artist two American Music Awards, an iHeartRadio Music Award, and a Billboard award in 2020.