A Copyright Infringement Lawsuit Over 2 Words – “Everyday I’m”


A Copyright Infringement Lawsuit Over 2 Words – Everyday I’m Ridiculing

Several friends contacted me via Facebook and email to ask my opinion on this Hollywood Reporter article about Rick Ross’ copyright infringement lawsuit against LMFAO.  That was nice of them as I was unaware of this lawsuit but am interested in intellectual property (IP), creativity, originality, how we evaluate expression via law, how law is used to get relief, and other subjects that interpose music and law.

I read the HR article, got the music and listened.  My first impression was that I might have the wrong music as there seemed to be not only NO copyright infringement but NO SIMILARITY.


I then read the COMPLAINT filed by Rick Ross’ attorneys.  The first sentence in the COMPLAINT that mentions “music” or “lyrics” states the following:

‘Party Rock Anthem’ copies, interpolates the lyrics, underlying music and beat of ‘Hustlin’…”

I have analyzed Rick Ross’ Hustlin’ (2006) and LMFAO’s Party Rock Anthem (2011).  I strongly disagree with the allegations in Rick Ross’ complaint, specifically that sentence, and  have drawn a few conclusions to the contrary:

Party Rock Anthem  has NOT copied the lyrics of ‘Hustlin’…”

Party Rock Anthem’ has NOT copied the underlying music of ‘Hustlin’…”

Party Rock Anthem’ has NOT copied the beat of ‘Hustlin’…”

Party Rock Anthem’ has NOT interpolated the lyrics of ‘Hustlin’…”

Party Rock Anthem’ has NOT interpolated the underlying music of ‘Hustlin’…”

Party Rock Anthem’ has NOT interpolated the beat of ‘Hustlin’…”

Even though I do not understand the lawyers’ use of English in the sentence above, with respect to the music contained in these two recordings (I don’t understand “copies, interpolates” as back-to-back action verbs), I have made an earnest attempt to understand what the lawyers might have meant and that has led me to arrive at these three (3) additional points:

Party Rock Anthem’ has NOT copied, interpolated the lyrics of ‘Hustlin’…”

Party Rock Anthem’ has NOT copied, interpolated the underlying music of ‘Hustlin’…”

Party Rock Anthem’ has NOT copied, interpolated the beat of ‘Hustlin’…”

There is one (1) similarity I notice between the two (2) songs, however.  Both songs/recordings share two (2) identical words.  Those words are:

1.  Everyday

2.  I’m

Despite the contention from Rick Ross’ attorneys that the songs ALMOST have three (3) words in common, there are two (2), not three (3) words in common as I will demonstrate below:

Rick Ross sings, “Everyday I’m hustling.”

LMFAO sing, “Everyday I’m shuffling.”

Perhaps Rick Ross’ attorneys think that LMFAO have copied three (3) and not two (2) words.  Perhaps they are  thinking, “Everyday I’m hustling” is the same as “Everyday I’m shuffling.”  But, to my eyes, those final words of each phrase are different words with different meanings and different spellings:

HUSTLING is spelled



SHUFFLING is spelled


“Hustling” and “Shuffling” also have different meanings – here are links to the definitions from Dictionary.com:

Hustling  (the verb used by Rick Ross in 2006) means “push or force one’s way.”

Shuffling  (the verb used by LMFAO in 2011) means “moving in a dragging or clumsy manner.”

“Pushing or forcing one’s way” (“hustling”) seems to me to be the opposite of “moving in a dragging or clumsy manner” (shuffling”).  If one person hustles and another person shuffles, are they engaged in the same kind of action?  No, they are not.

The U. S. Copyright Law was created, in part, to protect “original works of authorship.”  In my opinion, the word, “everyday” is not original.  In my opinion, the word, “I’m,” is not original.  When the words are joined to form a two-word phrase – “Everyday I’m” – they still do not form original expression.


To “go all factual on you” for a moment – LMFAO sing “everyday I’m shuffling” (not “everyday I’m hustling”) only twice in “Party Rock Anthem.”  This three-word phrase occurs at the following two places in “Party Rock Anthem:”

2.15 – 2.16  “everyday I’m shuffling'”

3.47 – 3.49  “everyday I’m shuffling'”  (“shuffling” with a slight elongation/added syllable)

A reasonable person could conclude that:

1.  “Everyday I’m shuffling” occurs only twice in Party Rock Anthem.

2.  “Everyday I’m shuffling” is not very important to Party Rock Anthem.

3.  One had an opinion about Party Rock Anthem well before one heard “Everyday I’m shuffling” at 2.15 into the song.

4.  “Everyday I’m shuffling” is not the same phrase as “everyday I’m hustling.”

I toyed with these other titles for this post:

There’s Stupid & Then There’s Rick Ross Stupid

Rick Ross v. LMFAO – So This Is How (these) Florida Attorneys Sue

Why hasn’t Rick Ross sued Maysa, Jeremy Fisher or Little Big?

I’m glad I settled on A Copyright Infringement Lawsuit Over 2 Words.

In my next post or two on this subject, I will discuss some suggestions I have for Rick Ross and his attorneys regarding the music of Maysa, Jeremy Fisher and Little Big.  If money matters to Rick Ross and his attorneys, I imagine they’ll be thrilled at what I’ll be able to show them.  This new knowledge could lead them to new copyright infringement lawsuits and procure more billable hours for themselves and/or their law firm(s).

But the hand (silly mind) that giveth might taketh away as well as I have potentially bad news for Rick Ross.  Using the same or similar reasoning and quality of evidence, in future posts I will describe scenarios and analyze and discuss music that could negate any happy gains Rick Ross might enjoy in his lawsuit against LMFAO.  Perhaps Rick Ross himself could even be sued for copyright infringement.

The next post though should be happy happy for Rick Ross.

The points of these posts are simply to examine expression from the viewpoints of originality, creativity and law, and critique musical/textual/legal arguments espoused by others.  (I am not a party to this lawsuit or affiliated with any party in this lawsuit.  Therefore, I feel it is appropriate to weigh in on the matters presented in this case.)



3 Replies to “A Copyright Infringement Lawsuit Over 2 Words – “Everyday I’m””

  1. The best in class, Depoxito offer you high-end experience that deliver the see
    and setting of legal VIP standarts, we manage to pay for you the best appealing to high-level experience of VIPs expect in any top end
    casino, grand rouse casino royale come up with the money for you the further studio
    design element including the grand blackjack, offering our VIP
    Customer the best experience of a Salon privee table.

    New style table as well as feature across the room with grand roulette upgraded on our provider playtechs
    mini prestige roulette which delivering more engaging and richer playing experience.
    The supplementary experience contains a sum of seven tables including five blackjack tables, one roulette table and one
    baccarat table. Grand live casino royale
    has been tall hand-engineered to fit the needs of our customer to using it, and contains unique elements
    that is specially intended to maximize the impact value we got
    from our customers and diversify it to the existing network.

    Soon, Depoxito will produce an enlarged authenticity technology upon alive casino
    for our VIP member, these most modern technology ever seen in rouse casino including
    this augmented reality. Which permit players to experience products on an entire supplementary level
    which is never seen before literally leaping out of the game and taking the blackjack,
    baccarat, roulette and other game into the gather together
    entire level.
    Depoxito VIP Baccarat, we provide you the totally exclusive sentient VIP Baccarat
    that is played subsequently in the works to 7 players at the similar table and our very trained
    lovely stimulate baccarat dealer. And of course our VIP fanatic will mood as if they were in reality
    sitting at one of the top casino baccarat table. This immersive gaming experience creates a hugely daring tone that our VIP players will find
    difficult to surpass.
    Here is the list of conscious casino game that depoxito provide, we offer the widest range of living casino games on the make known including : blackjack unlimited, blackjack prestige, roulette,
    baccarat, poker, hi-lo, sic bo, and grand breathing casino royale such
    as Grand Baccarat, Grand Blackjack and Grand Roulette for our VIP member.
    And of course as a enthusiast of Depoxito you can enjoy every the games that we meet the expense of to you, all you dependence
    to get is just visit our site depoxito and register it lonesome takes occurring to 3 minutes
    and after that youre good enough to play in any game
    that you want.
    Be our VIP, being our VIP advocate of course settled you
    the best abet you can get from us all you compulsion to
    be a VIP aficionado is categorically easy. all you
    dependence is just save playing on our site, enlargement and put on an act bearing in mind
    a VIP past the amount that our company had written, keep playing and our customer benefits will
    right to use you that you are promoted to become a VIP enthusiast upon our site.

  2. Alternate Link l69
    L69 is among the official sites that provide the latest alternative link reliable online betting sites.
    L69 provides more than one alternative link from each betting site, and we
    here have become one of the most comprehensive alternative
    link suppliers and the L69 site has a responsive display
    of which makes it easy so that you can access our site coming from the display of your current gadget or laptop.
    Plus what you need to understand is that will we here only have
    just one official link, l69. me and if there are usually other websites that provide information or
    call our website is not the official site.
    Ball betting and casino gambling are forms of games that are very
    popular with the people of Indonesia. Why l69? Since we’ve been here for more than five a
    number of have got become the trust associated with the people of Dalam negri as
    a destination to play soccer gambling and in addition on the internet casino gambling.
    Itself in addition has obtained a license through
    the Asian and European governments in 2009 to become an online gambling betting provider site in Asia and Europe.
    By supplying many different types of gambling bets which can be played upon one ID, much more the particular members feel
    happy playing in your bookie.
    Great things about Alternative Links l69
    Yet however lately there are usually many members who knowledge problems and
    problems any time entering into their Bola tangkas game because the Sbobet web site
    is frequently blocked and lots of aged sites have been blocked by the Indonesian government
    and never a few usually are also affected in what will be
    called the Newsletter Task. The Indonesian government these days is struggling
    to eliminate links or paths to get into sites that smell regarding pornography,
    gambling and there are a great many other content of which is deemed

Leave a Reply to Www.Bukadepoxito.Net Cancel reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *