Black Eyed Peas‘ is at the center of a $10million lawsuit between BMG Rights Management and toy company MGA Entertainment regarding their 2005 hit “My Humps”
According to court documents obtained by AllHipHop, BMG is suing MGA for committing “a tortious act of copyright infringement.” The lawsuit claims the toy company stole part of BEP’s hit single for a jingle to promote its Poopsie Slime Surprise product line.
BMG also cites an accompanying YouTube visual featuring the “My Poops” jingle as the “Infringing Video” along with the dancing unicorn toy seen in the clip.
“The Infringing Video was distributed on YouTube and elsewhere,” the docs read. “Defendant also incorporated the Infringing Work into its physical Dancing Unicorn Toys. The Dancing Unicorn Toys start to play and dance to a copy of the Infringing Work when a heart-shaped bellybutton on the front of the toy is pressed.
“As a key marketing component for its Poopsie Slime Surprise product line, Defendant also placed a sticker on the packaging of the Dancing Unicorn Toy specifically directing consumers to ‘dance to’ the ‘My Poops’ song and Infringing Video on YouTube.
BMG, which maintains it never granted MGA Entertainment a valid license to “use, copy, distribute, make a derivative work from or otherwise exploit the musical composition ‘My Humps,’” is seeking at least $10million in damages.
The company is also asking for legal fees and an additional $150,000 in statutory damages.
Check the “My Poops” video below and see if you can identify the infringement.