The suit claims that X posted his song to various social channels that sampled Caldwell’s copyrighted 1983 song “Carry On” without explicit permission. The company is claiming the 20-year-old rapper and his producer were “motivated by greed and malicious intent” as X’s track of the same name has accumulated four million views on YouTube since the beginning of July.
In addition to X, Sony is also being sued by The Music Force given they recently signed the rapper to a record deal, and according to the suit, failed to ensure “all elements of ‘Carry On’ had been cleared.”
“Sony elected to take no action to stop this illegal, unauthorized infringement as it was far more important to Sony to preserve its opportunity to enjoy millions of dollars of revenues from the success of the career of X,” the lawsuit alleges. The company is asking for $25 million—$10 million in damages and an additional $15 million in punitive damages—as they claim Lil Nas’ appropriation has completely devalued Caldwell’s original.