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The Weeknd Reaches Settlement In Copyright Infringement Lawsuit Over ‘Call Out My Name’


The Weeknd poses in the press room Billboard Music Awards at the T-Mobile Arena May 22, 2016, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP) Nearly two years after the Weeknd was sued for copyright infringement over his 2018 track “Call Out My Name,” the singer has reached a settlement before the lawsuit could go to trial.  Suniel Fox and Henry Strange, members of the electro duo Epikker, filed their lawsuit in Sept. 2021, allegeding that “Call Out My Name” plagiarized the vocal hook and lead guitar from their unreleased song “Vibeking.”  Billboard reports that — in addition to the similar-sounding songs — Fox and Strange had physical evidence that proved the Weeknd had heard “Vibeking,” producing email correspondence between the duo and the Weeknd’s “playback engineer” that stated that the singer born Abel Tesfaye “listened and liked” their track.  “The parties have reached a settlement in principle of this action,” the filing stated as of this past Friday.

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