Katy Perry: I'm Not Being Sued by the Beach Boys

Singer calls rumors over 'California Gurls' bogus
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 6, 2010 4:35 PM CDT

(Newser) – Katy Perry is dismissing rumors that she is getting sued for using part of the Beach Boys' "California Girls" in her song "California Gurls". "No one is suing anyone," Perry tweeted, calling the reports "once again" an example of the media's tendency to "fabricate & exaggerate stories to get hits or sell papers." Although she isn't getting sued, Beach Boys published Rondor Music isn't too happy about "California Gurls," Billboard reports.

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"Using the words or melody in a new song taken from an original work is not appropriate under any circumstances, particularly from one as well known and iconic as 'California Girls,'" a Rondor rep says. The company is not planning to sue Perry, but it has has filed a warning in the form of a diminutive claim. "It is up to the six writers and various publishers of 'California Gurls' to decide whether they honor the claim or not," the rep continues. Check out the video—which features Snoop Dogg, who's the one actually paraphrasing the Beach Boys—on YouTube.
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