Now, as TMZ report, the case has gone to court.
The music video for the hit song (from the Black Panther soundtrack) had nearly 30 million views after two weeks on Youtube, after being released earlier this month.
The lawsuit calls the music video an example of "willful, brazen, and extensive unlawful infringement" and asserts that Viktor's creations are "being used by Defendants to promote the soundtrack to the latest multi-million-dollar budget Marvel film". "And at the same time they're stealing from African artists", Viktor told the Times in an interview earlier this month, when she first alleged her work was stolen. They can be seen beginning at the 2:59 timestamp in the Black Panther music video.
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Those songs join Kendrick Lamar & SZA's "All The Stars" (#9, +22), The Weeknd & Kendrick Lamar's "Pray For Me" (#11, -4) and Jay Rock, Kendrick Lamar, Future & James Blake's "King's Dead" (#38, +31), which were already on the chart. Her claims indicate that the video mimics not just the "unique look and feel" of her works, but also employs "specific copyrightable elements" and "stylized motifs of mythical animals, gilded geometric forms on a black background, and distinctively textured areas and patterns". "We tried to resolve this without litigation", says her lawyer. She posted a statement regarding the incident to Facebook on Monday (Feb. 19).
"Thank you to everyone for the overwhelming support and messages over the past week", Viktor wrote.