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NBC, Andy Samberg Sued Over 'Saturday Night Live' Sketch

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 8th 2011 12:05PM
Andy SambergA St. Louis-based production team has filed suit against 'Saturday Night Live' star Andy Samberg, NBC Universal, Universal Republic Records and Lonely Island over two sketches they claim to have had a hand in creating.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Aleric Banks and Monique Hines said they created the music that formed the basis for 'SNL' skits 'Shy Ronnie' and 'Like a Boss.'

The duo, who go by the name StarStrukk Productions, said they had a connection to Samberg and submitted music prior to the release of the first Lonely Island album. The tracks were reportedly used with Lonely Island adding lyrics over the copyrighted master recordings.

The songs even made their way onto 'SNL,' with Samberg performing 'Like a Boss' with Seth Rogen and 'Shy Ronnie' with Rihanna. The latter sketch was later nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics.

Banks and Hines said they failed to receive credit after the Emmy nomination and filed suit, claiming the music wasn't original. Banks said that a subsidiary of Universal Music Group sent them a "producer declaration" form before the release of the album and 'SNL' skits and that he filled it out saying he was the writer and producer of 'Like a Boss,' a 50 percent owner of the copyright. The plaintiff got a response letter saying he had entered into an agreement with Lonely Island that only entitled him to 25 percent copyright interest.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Banks said he has not received any producer royalties or profits from 'SNL' using his music and is suing Samberg and co. for willful copyright infringement and unjust enrichment.

Watch 'Shy Ronnie' below.

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