May has accused Miley and her team of misappropriating his material, most notably his lyric "We run things".
According to court documents obtained by The Blast, Michael May (aka Flourgon) sued the singer in federal court in NY.
In the docs, Flourgon isn't saying Miley stole his music, or even a single line from his song. He says that Cyrus' song imitates "We Run Things"' "overarching message of defiance", as well as "substantially incorporat [es]" aspects of May's vocal style and rhythms.
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Now: "We Run Things", which is a great song, sounds absolutely nothing like "We Can't Stop", which is not.
Representatives for both Miley and Sony are yet to respond to their request for comment.
In the court documents, May notes he won "formal copyright protection" in November with the US Copyright Office for all musical arrangements in his song. Flougron may have a case after he won "formal copyright protection" from the USA copyright office for all musical arrangements in "We Run Things" last November. May is now seeking a trial by jury, an injunction to halt sales and further performances of the song, damages and attorney's fees.
"[Cyrus' song] owes the basis of its chart-topping popularity to and its highly-lucrative success to plaintiff May's protected, unique, creative and original content", the lawsuit stated, according to Reuters.