The Weeknd and Nicolás Jaar are being sued for copyright infringement over 'Call Out My Name'

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  • Producers Suniel Fox and Henry Strange claim the track is nearly identical to their 2015 record “Vibeking."
  • The Weeknd and Nicolás Jaar are being sued for copyright infringement over 'Call Out My Name' image
  • The Weeknd and Nicolas Jaar are being accused of plagiarism. "Call Out My Name," a 2018 track off The Weeknd's My Dear Melancholy EP that samples Jaar's 2016 song "Killing Time," is "strikingly and/or substantially similar, if not identical," to a 2015 track called "Vibeking" by Suniel Fox and Henry Strange, according to a lawsuit filed by those producers. The suit alleges "Call Out My Name" uses the same scale degrees as "Vibeking," adding that both works "are in a 6/8 meter that is less common in popular music." Moreover, both compositions are played at a similar tempo and use "features of electronica, ambience, pop, hip-hop, rock, and R&B to achieve a particular atmospheric and melancholic sound." The Weeknd, Jaar and Frank Dukes, who produced Call Out My Name, are also accused of creating the record "without a license, authorization, or consent from Plaintiffs." The entire legal complaint can be viewed at Pitchfork. Neither artist named in the lawsuit has publicly reacted so far.