Sweet Brown doesn’t have time for people trying to profit off of her YouTube success and she’s taking action.
Famous for her catch phrases, “Ain’t Nobody Got Time For That” and “Oh, Lord Jesus it’s a fire,” Sweet has filed a lawsuit against Apple for sampling them without permission.
Sweet Brown is suing Apple, a radio program called The Bob Rivers Show, and a handful of other parties for unauthorized use of her likeness, according to court documents.
The basis of the lawsuit stems from a song called “I Got Bronchitis.” The Bob Rivers Show, according to Sweet Brown’s complaint, produced the song with samples from Wilkins’ interview with the local TV-news station. The song sampled phrases like, “Ain’t nobody got time for that,” “Ran for my life,” and “Oh, Lord Jesus it’s a fire.”
The suit claims that in April 2012, the defendants started selling the song on iTunes for profit. It also claims the radio program and its owner falsely advertised that Sweet Brown had given her consent for the radio station to use her voice and likeness in the song.
The suit was first filed in the District Court of Oklahoma County in June 2012. At that time, Wilkins sought a total of $15 million from the defendants. The suit has since moved to the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma.
Sweet Brown and a co-complainant, Sparkell Adams are currently representing themselves as their lawyers have petitoned to be removed from the lawsuit due to the fact that the case may not hold up in court.
That’s because The Digital Millennium Copyright Act provides protection for companies if they promptly take action to remove material whose copyright is disputed.
Apple has since removed the song from iTunes. But if you want to see the original news report in the form of music video, watch the video below—before it draws a lawsuit, too.
Sweet Brown continues to stretch her 15 minutes of fame. Not only did she land a dental commercial, a gig on Cheaters but rumor has it she’s featured in an upcoming Tyler Perry film, A Madea Christmas.