Musical duo Disclosure have been accused of stealing lyrics in a lawsuit potentially worth £200,000 for what most people would interpret as ‘musical espionage.’ The validity of this dispute has since been questioned by fans, musicians and the press.
Surrey-based brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence, who’ve been churning out hit-after-hit in the electronic music scene since 2010, have been accused by Katie Farrah Sopher of working with her ex-boyfriend, Sean Sawyers, to steal her songbook back in 2009.
The book is alleged to be filled with recognisable lyrics from Disclosure’s chart-favourites Latch featuring Sam Smith, You & I with Eliza Doolittle and White Noise with AlunaGeorge.
Sawyers has refuted the allegations, stating: “There is zero truth to the claims made against me. I never saw the book the claimant mentions, [so] I could not have committed the alleged damages, theft, [and] copyright infringement.”
However, according to an expert interviewed for a Thump article, Sopher would need copious amounts of evidence to prove she’d written those lyrics, and her legal costs in pursuing the case could potentially leave her with a rather light wallet.
Despite the seriousness of the lawsuit, the incident doesn’t seem to have shaken Disclosure nor the resolve of their expansive fan-base, encouragement filled up the comments section of a Facebook post the duo made in response to the allegations.
Positive news of their upcoming album was slipped in, which was met with equal enthusiasm.
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