Date: Sunday – January 29, 2012
A songwriter named Christine Dominquez has filed a lawsuit against producers Kinetics and One Love over the hit single Airplanes, which went on feature southern rapper B.o.B. and Paramore’s Hayley Williams.
In the civil complaint, Dominquez claims that she co-wrote the track with the production duo, whose real names are Jeremy Dussolliet and Tim Sommers, but never received compensation or credit for her work.
She was contacted by the two back in 2008 about writing Airplanes and they even recognized her contributions on a less successful alternate version of the single that was released in 2009, but they didn’t give her any credit for the B.o.B. hit, which was released a year later. A remix version of the track was also released featuring Eminem, she wasn’t credited for that either.
“In a transparent effort to keep all the credit and earnings for themselves despite Dominguez’s substantial contribution to the joint work, defendants omitted her from the listing as the author of Airplanes on the 2012 release and elsewhere,” reads the suit. “Nor have the defendants accounted to Dominguez for revenues derived, either from the 2010 release, or any other source.”
Dominquez is suing for unfair competition and copyright infringement, amongst other charges. B.o.B. is not targeted in the lawsuit.