Selena Gomez Named In $1 Million Plagiarism Lawsuit

04/30/2012 07:53 AM ET

Former Disney star Selena Gomez has been named in a new $1 million dollar plagiarism lawsuit involving the her 2010 hit song “A Year Without Rain” by the band Luce who claim it’s identical to their “Buy a Dog” song released in 2005.

Selena, 19, performed the song with her band, Selena Gomez & The Scene, who are also named as a defendant in the case.

The Plaintiffs are Tom Luce, Brian Kroll, Lawrence Riggs and Matt Blackett who say the song appeared on their album “Never Ending,” according to NBC.

The case was filed in the San Francisco Superior Court.

According to the court documents, “The melodies in the chorus of both songs are virtually identical,” and that the tune “was a No. 1 record on several radio stations around the United States, including WRLT in Nashville and KFOG in San Francisco, at both of which it was among the 10 most played records for the entire year of 2005.”

“A Year Without Rain” was also released as a single in Spanish (“Un Ano Sin Lluvia”).

The singer made further headlines in February when she attended the Vanity Fair Oscar Party on the arm of Bieber, ending months of speculation over whether or not the pair are a couple.

Gomez is currently the youngest UNICEF ambassador for the charity in the United States after being appointed in 2009.


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