Poopsie Slime Surprise: Dancing Unicorn is a brand of unicorn toys that make poop from slime and currently sells for around $100 to $300. In a commercial they did to promote these toys, you can see the unicorns singing and dancing to a pretty catchy song and for which they are now being sued.
BMG Rights Management, the music company that represents the Black Eyed Peas, took legal action against MGA, the toy company that created the unicorns, due to the similarities between the song of the unicorns (which sounds when you squeeze their belly button in the shape of a heart) My poops and the 2005 hit by the Black Eyed Peas called my humps.
BMG’s lawyer reported in the lawsuit that the infringed plagiarism starts from the name of the song, which is a clear play on the title of the copyrighted song. my humps. In addition, he went on to list the other similarities found, including the melody, lyrics, chorus progression, and the use of a female singer using similar vocal inflections to Fergie’s.
The toy was released in 2018 and as soon as BMG found out about the infringement, it sent an infringement letter to MGA, but the latter completely ignored it. According to the lawyer, the company does not have a license to use the song and, even so, they have profited from it all this time, generating millions of dollars in profits.
The toy company has not ruled on the matter and although in theory they could appeal saying that my poops it’s a parody of the original song and thus being free to use it doesn’t mean that MGA would be cleared of the case, as lawyers review plagiarism cases one by one, not based on a general law for all.
According to BMG, they own 75 percent of the rights to the song due to a corporate takeover. In addition, his lawyer is not at all alienated from this type of case, but has won more than once in court by analyzing plagiarism.
As for the public, most of them are very clear that the songs do sound quite similar when compared. What do you think?