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DJ Paul and Travis Scott copyright lawsuit delayed over fairness

DJ Paul is making sure all songwriters are receiving their credit.

Travis Scott

Despite having reached a tentative settlement in his copyright infringement lawsuit against Travis Scott, DJ Paul is extending the case a little while longer to make sure everything is fair.

Shortly after releasing his 2018 album Astroworld, Scott was hit with a $20 million lawsuit from the Three 6 Mafia member over his Sheck Wes and Juice WRLD-assisted song, “No Bystanders.” In the suit, DJ Paul claimed that the song interpolated the Three 6 Mafia track “Tear Da Club Up ‘97 ” without permission. Among his evidence, Paul specifically cited Sheck Wes’ “F*ck the club up” chorus, which mimics Paul’s cadence in the group’s 1997 hit.

By October, Scott and Paul had reportedly reached a settlement in the suit and they were each given 30 days to sign the finalizing documents. Along with an undisclosed figure, Juicy J, Gangsta Boo, Lord Infamous, Crunchy Black, Koopsta Knicca and Paul will now be credited as co-writers on “No Bystanders.”

However, according to legal documents obtained by All Hip Hop, Paul and his attorney, Edwin F. McPherson, are now asking for a additional 30 days in order to track down two additional “Tear Da Club Up ‘97” songwriters.

“Both sides are completely in agreement on the terms of the settlement. However, there are many co-writers on the song/track that is the subject of this action, and it is necessary to get a letter of direction from each such co-writer in order to direct certain entities to pay Plaintiff and his writing partner directly,” Paul’s attorney McPherson said in a statement released to All Hip Hop.

By delaying the case, Paul aims to grant the song’s other two co-writers their “No Bystanders” songwriting credit and fair share of the settlement.

“Although we have received signed letters of direction from five co-writers, I recently learned that we are awaiting signatures on two final letters of direction, and have been assured by representatives of those co-writers that the signed documents are forthcoming,” McPherson continued.

As of Monday (Dec. 2), the judge has not yet allowed nor denied their request for an additional 30 days.

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