The Canadian company Cirque du Soleil has sued the American singer Justin Timberlake, accusing him of plagiarism. The lawsuit, which filed in a one of federal courts of New York, argued that Timberlake had used a part of the song "Steel Dream" from Cirque du Soleil album, which was published in 1997, in his song "Don't Hold the Wall", published in 2013 in the album "20/20".
The company intends to exact $ 800 thousand from the singer for copyright infringement.
Besides Timberlake, the defendants also will be the producer of the singer Timothy Mosley, who participated in the creation of the song and the company Sony Music Entertainment, which released the album.
Timberlake's representatives didn't comment the lawsuit.
Cirque du Soleil ("Circus of the Sun") is a Canadian entertainment company. It is the largest theatrical producer in the world.
Based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and located in the inner-city area of Saint-Michel, it was founded in Baie-Saint-Paul in 1984 by two former street performers, Guy Laliberté and Gilles Ste-Croix.
Justin Randall Timberlake is an American singer, songwriter, actor, and record producer.
He appeared on the television shows “Star Search” and “The All-New Mickey Mouse Club” being a child. In the late 1990s, Timberlake rose to prominence as one of the two lead vocalists and the youngest member of NSYNC, which eventually became one of the best-selling boy bands of all times.