Steely & Clevie Productions, a Jamaican Dancehall production house, is not playing around. It is suing some of the most prominent names in the Latin music industry such as Daddy Yankee, Luis Fonsi, Karol G, El Chombo, Sebastian Yatra, and more. From singers to producers, there are about 30 names in the lawsuit – even Justin Bieber got thrown into the mix.
The production house opened many claims against the Reggaeton genre, but, recently, it was consolidated into a single action.
According to DancehallMag, Steely & Clevie Productions claims they illegally used and benefitted from elements of their “Fish Market” riddim.
“Fish Market” was released to the public in 1989. Yet, the track gained popularity after being used for “Dem Bow,” a Shabba Ranks hit. The lawsuit claims that “Fish Market” was key to the Reggae genre. Thus, it influenced the familiar Reggaeton beats many of us are able to recognize today. The plaintiffs sustain that the defendants were aware of their actions.
What do the court documents say?
Court documents divide the allegations into three sections: El Chombo, Luis Fonsi, and Daddy Yankee. The document also names any song, artist, record label, producer, and any other entity involved in the alleged copyright infringement.
Under Daddy Yankee’s section, the lawsuit mentions over 40 of his songs, many of which are the hits that put Reggaeton on the map. Also, one of Reggaeton’s biggest successes, “Despacito” is mentioned in the court document. Not only is the original version included in the lawsuit, but all its remixes are also included as well. “Despacito” became the third Spanish-language song in history to reach number 1 in the United States. This hadn’t happened since 1996 with the song “Macarena.”
Find the list of the songs, artists, producers, and more included in the lawsuit below.
El Chombo’s Allegations
Though El Chombo is only mentioned for one of his songs, “Dame Tu Cosita,” it is still considered one of the most successful Spanish-language songs in recent musical history. The video to the song, for instance, garnered over 4 billion views on YouTube, making it the sixth most viewed music video of all time – as of the writing of this article, at least. Within El Chombo’s allegations, many others included. They are Pitbull, Karol G, Afro Bros, Juston Records, Ultra Music, and Sony Music.
Luis Fonsi’s Allegations
Luis Fonsi is being sued for about 10 of his songs. Those included in his set of allegations are Mauricio Rengifo, Andrés Torres, Myke Towers, Ozuna, Erika Ender, Justin Bieber, Dyo, Stefflon Don, Nicky Jam, Sebastián Yatra, Pablo Arevalo Llano, Farruko, Rauw Alejandro, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd, Kobalt Music Publish Inc., Warner Chappell Overseas Holdings Limited, Universal Music, and Sony Music. These are the songs in question:
Date La Vuelta
Échame La Culpa
Daddy Yankee’s Allegations
Daddy Yankee, who appears in the court documents more than anyone else, is being sued alongside the following people and entities: Chris Jedi, Gaby Music, Anuel AA, Yandel, Juan Carlos Salinas Jr., Oscar Edward Salinas, David Alberto Macias, Francisco Saldaña (Luny), Víctor B Cabrera (Tunes), Carlos Isaías Morales Williams (Sech), Rafael Antonio Pina Nieves, Urbani Mota Cedeño, Luis Jorge, Romero, Marcos Masis (Tainy), Juan Carlos Ozuna Rosado, Juan Luis Morera Luna (Wisin), El Cartel Records Inc., and Gasolina Publishing Co.
These are the songs in question:
Te Ves Bien
No Me Dejes Solo
¿Que Vas Hacer?
Llegamos a la Disco
La Rompe Carros
Nada Ha Cambiado
Lo Que Pasó, Pasó
Métele Al Perreo
Que Tire Pa’ ‘Lante
Sígueme y Te Sigo
Golpe de Estado
Listing Cleveland Constantine Browne (Clevie), Anika Johnson, and Steely and Clevie Productions Limited as the plaintiffs, the consolidated lawsuits were filed in the United States District Court, Central District of California.