According to court documents, a company called The Music Force claims it owns the rights to a song called “Carry On,” which was written by Bobby Caldwell. The company claims the song was copyrighted back in 1983.
The Music Force claims Lil Nas X and his producer appropriated parts of Caldwell’s song for their own song of the same name. They then claim that the duo, “motivated by greed and malicious intent,” uploaded the song to YouTube, Spotify and SoundCloud.
The company then claims that in June of 2019, Sony acquired the rights to all of Lil Nas X’s songs, including “Carry On.” The Music Force claims that Sony “knew or should have known … to make sure all elements of ‘Carry On’ had been cleared.”
“Sony elected to take no action to stop this illegal, unauthorized infringement as it was far more important to Sony to preserve its opportunity to enjoy millions of dollars of revenues from the success of the career of X,” the lawsuit claims.
They are seeking $10 million in damages and then an additional $15 million in punitive damages.
By Damilola Faustino