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Juice WRLD. Credit: ASAP Nast.

Yellowcard Proceeding With Juice WRLD Copyright Lawsuit After Rapper’s Death

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(CelebrityAccess) – Yellowcard will be moving forward with its copyright infringement lawsuit against Juice WRLD, following the late rapper’s death earlier this month.

According to new documents filed in U.S. district court, a judge has extended the amount of time defendants have to respond to the original complaint, which accuses the rapper of using of “melodic elements” from Yellowcard’s 2006 song “Holly Wood Died” in his 2018 hit single “Lucid Dreams” without permission.

Originally, Juice WRLD and his co-defendants — co-writer Taz Taylor, producer Nicholas Mira, “Lucid Dreams” publisher BMG Rights Management, record label Grade A Productions, and its parent company Interscope Records — were given until December 9 to respond to the band’s legal complaint, however, Yellowcard briefly put the lawsuit on hold after Juice WRLD’s death. The defendants now have until February 4 to respond.

The band is seeking damages in excess of $15 million and a “running royalty and/or ownership share” on all future exploitations related to the song or, alternatively, statutory damages for each act of copyright infringement and for all defendants to be “permanently enjoined” from exploiting “Lucid Dreams” in the future.

The original suit also sought damages from Juice WRLD’s concert tours and other public appearances.

Juice WRLD (née Jarad A. Higgins) died on December 8 after suffering a seizure and going into cardiac arrest inside a terminal at Chicago’s Midway Airport. He was 21-years-old.

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