Juice WRLD is being sued for $15 million over his song “Lucid Dreams.” As reported by Billboard, the copyright lawsuit has been filed by the pop-punk band Yellowcard.
The band, who broke up in 2017, claim that Juice WRLD’s track has the same melody as their 2006 song “Holly Wood Died.” They have requested $15 million in compensation. That sum reportedly includes recording revenue and claimed damages from concert tours and public appearances, which the band feels Juice WRLD has benefited from thanks to the success of “Lucid Dreams.”
Yellowcard is also seeking royalties and co-ownership of “Lucid Dreams” for all future uses (or “copyright infringement”) of the song. The lawsuit also hits “Lucid Dream” co-writer Taz Taylor and producer Nicholas Mira, as well as Juice WRLD’s management BMG Right Management and labels Grade A Productions and Interscope Records.
In the lawsuit, the band references a 2018 MTV interview where Juice WRLD spoke on his love for Fall Out Boy and their album From Under the Cork Tree, which was produced by “Holly Wood Died” producer, Neal Avron.
“Since it is very common for a fan of works produced for an artist by a specific producer to listen to other works by that same producer,” says the complaint. “It is likely that Defendant Juice WRLD’s appreciation for the album From Under the Cork Tree led to exposure to Yellowcard’s album Lights and Sounds and the Original Work ‘Holly Wood Died.’”