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In a recent interview with the Associated Press, Jermaine Dupri mentioned that Ciara’s new hit single, “I Bet”, is-“a complete rip-off”-of Usher’s “U Got It Bad”.

Just last week, Robin Thicke and Pharrell were faced with a similar situation that resulted in a payment of over $7.3 million to Marvin Gaye’s estate due to copyright infringement. Eight jurors decided against Thicke and Pharrell and agreed that their song “Blurred Lines”, was guilty of plagiarizing Marvin Gaye’s 1977 hit “Got to Give It Up”.

The Associated Press later interviewed Jermaine Dupri to get his opinion on the case. He admitted that he understands both sides of the debate. “Younger producers like myself and Pharrell, we make records that are influenced by other records that are out there,” says Dupri. Based on the “Blurred Lines” ruling, though, Dupri says, “I believe the same thing has happened to me.”

He expresses that Ciara’s “I Bet”, is dangerously similar to the Usher record, “U Got It Bad”, in which he produced in 2001.

The Atlanta producer plans to reach out to Ciara in order to address the situation.


What do you think: Is JD reaching,  or is Ciara guilty of stealing someone else’s style?