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Bad Bunny Faces Lawsuit For Using Ex-Girlfriend’s Voice Memo In Hit Songs Without Permission

The ex-girlfriend of Puerto Rican rapper Bad Bunny is suing him for at least $40 million, claiming that he utilized a recording of her voice without her consent or payment. Two of Bad Bunny’s top tracks, “Pa Ti” and “Dos Mil 16,” feature voice recording. The 2023 Coachella music festival will feature Bad Bunny as its headlining act, the most streamed artist on Spotify for the past three years.

Bad Bunny Faces Lawsuit For Using Ex-Girlfriend'S Voice Memo In Hit Songs Without Permission, Yours Truly, News, June 17, 2024

Before her breakup with Bad Bunny, whose real name is Benito Antonio Martinez Ocasio, and before his ascent to prominence internationally, Carliz De La Cruz Hernández asserts that she recorded the phrase “Bad Bunny baby” on her phone in 2015.

She claims the Grammy-winning musician’s 2017 hit “Pa Ti” and the 2022 song “Dos Mil 16” feature that voice recording. Both pieces have received over 200 million Spotify plays, with the latter being on the number-one album “Un Verano Sin Ti.”

De La Cruz claimed that the term was her idea and is being used without her consent, according to court documents filed in Puerto Rico earlier this month. Bad Bunny’s use, according to her attorneys, is illegal under Puerto Rico’s “law of the right to own image.”

Part of the lawsuit states,

“Thousands of people have commented directly on Carliz’s social media networks, as well as every time she goes to a public place, about ‘Bad Bunny baby,’.” “This has caused, and currently causes, De La Cruz to feel worried, anguished, intimidated, overwhelmed, and anxious.”

The lawsuit claims that de la Cruz and Bad Bunny began dating intermittently in 2011. According to court records, she claims that Bad Bunny offered her $2,000 to purchase the recording in 2022, but she turned down the offer. In addition, the lawsuit claims that an agreement was never completed, and he subsequently exploited the recording without her explicit consent.

Bad Bunny Faces Lawsuit For Using Ex-Girlfriend'S Voice Memo In Hit Songs Without Permission, Yours Truly, News, June 17, 2024

Bad Bunny, 29, has not commented on the lawsuit in the media. The lawsuit also names his manager, Noah Kamil Assad Byrne, and his record label, Rimas Entertainment. Media houses have tried to contact Rimas Entertainment for a response.

Bad Bunny gained notoriety in 2018 thanks to his appearance on Cardi B’s #1 song “I Like It.” Since then, he has established himself as one of Latin music’s most prolific hitmakers, and for the previous three years, he topped Spotify’s artist streaming charts. Next month, the 2023 Coachella music festival will feature Bad Bunny as its headlining act.

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