Welp, it looks like Chris Brown has been able to get himself out a little bit of legal trouble behind some alleged copyright infringement. It appears some time in 2021, two unknown artist, Brandon Cooper and Timothy Valentine, accused Chris Brown and Drake of ripping off their 2016 song entitled “I Love Your Dress” with the recording of Brown’s song “No Guidance” featuring Drake. The two artists claim they registered their song with BMI after uploading it on SoundCloud in July 2016. In August 2020, the song was formally copyrighted.
Chris Brown, Drake, and producer Noah Shebib were all named in the case in October 2021. Drake was dropped from the case in an amendment made in April 2022. Noah Shebib, Drake's longtime producer, was removed from the case in an amendment made in August.
According to court documents obtained by Urban Islandz, the two musicians, Cooper and Valentine, jointly filed a motion on Thursday asking the court to totally dismiss the claim with Chris Brown's legal team. “Plaintiffs Brandon N. Cooper, Timothy L. Valentine, and Signature Seriez Entertainment, Inc., through their undersigned attorneys, hereby give notice that all claims asserted against Defendants shall be and hereby are dismissed with prejudice and without costs or attorneys’ fees as against any party. Since no claims against any of the named defendants remain, plaintiffs respectfully request the action be closed in its entirety,” the briefing reads.
United States District Judge Rodolfo A. Ruiz II granted the motion, and the case was closed on September 9. There are rumors that Brown and the artists reached a deal, but no specifics were made public.
The artists didn't explain why they abandoned the action, and Chris Brown's legal counsel declined to offer any comments. But what we can say is, Chris, Drake, and Sony…you caught a big break here!