There’s been a lot of talk in the media lately about the unauthorized use of other people’s art.Allegations from Lensa app of using artist’s work without Congresswoman’s permission Marjorie Taylor Green use Dr DreMusic, patents and copyright laws in political videos will be major issues in 2023. Now, black eyed peas has joined a lawsuit against toymaker MGA Entertainment, the makers of the Poopsie Slime Surprise toy, used the group’s 2006 hit “My Humps” without permission.
The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Manhattan by the group’s brand, BMG. Among other things, it accused MGA Entertainment of displaying “willful copyright infringement” and “unauthorized exploitation” of the group’s art as part of a promotion for its “Poopsie Slime Surprise” line, which featured “a The unicorn doll secretes sparkly “slime”. BMG is seeking $10 million in damages and for the MGA to destroy all copies of “My Poops.”
A YouTube video shows an animated unicorn dancing to digitally altered lyrics, demonstrating the toy’s “poo” function.
Legal experts said the MGA’s main defense was that the song was being used as a parody, since artistic creation for parody is protected by free speech laws. However, there are legal restrictions on whether MGA can monetize the song.
“My Hump” was a huge hit for the band in 2006 and remains popular today, with over 700 million views on YouTube. The video also won Best Hip-Hop Video at the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards. The original video is shown below.