Pitbull and His Publishing Company Sued Over Sample In Hit Song “Timber”


Executives at Pitbull’s publishing company have been sued over similarities between his hit “Timber” and a 1983 funk track.

William Underwood has filed a lawsuit against Pitbull’s publishing company claiming his 2013 hit, featuring Kesha, copies the guitar riff from “Weak at the Knees” – a song by Steve Arrington’s Hall of Fame that Underwood part owns.

Underwood is adamant Pitbull, real name Armando Christian Perez, sampled the 1983 track for the song and he wants a jury to decide on the matter.

This isn’t the first time Pitbull has been at the centre of legal action regarding “Timber.”

In 2014, songwriters Lee Oskar Levitin, Keri Oskar and Greg Errico filed a copyright infringement lawsuit over the signature harmonica hook of the song.

They claimed it was taken from their 1978 tune San Francisco Bay and they had not been properly compensated for its use. They sought $3 million in damages