Childish Gambino Scores A Win In The “This Is America” Lawsuit

American entertainer, Donald Glover, better known as Childish Gambino has scored a win in a court case that has lingered for a minute.

An appeals court has upheld Donald Glover’s victory in the lawsuit, thus bringing an end to the three-year legal battle over Childish Gambino’s 2018 smash song This Is America. Glover was sued in 2021 by rapper Kidd Wes, whose real name is Emelike Nwosuocha. Kidd Wes claimed that Glover’s song violated the copyright to his 2016 song Made in America.

In addition to Glover, other defendants listed in the lawsuit include RCA Records, its parent company Sony Music Entertainment, Kobalt Music, Roc Nation Publishing, Warner Music Group, and Jefferey Lamar Williams, also known as Young Thug, and Ludwig Goňransson, who are acknowledged as writers on This Is America.

The case against Glover was dropped by a district court last year on the grounds that Nwosuocha had only filed the copyright for the song’s recording and not the underlying composition. The comparable portions of the two songs “are insufficiently original to warrant protection,” the court further said, in accordance with copyright regulations.

The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit upheld the previous conclusion that there was no copyright violation because the composition that underpinned Nwosuocha’s Made in America was free of copyright, in its decision released on Friday, May 10. Given this, the court decided not to rule on the question of the similarities between the two songs.

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