The Weeknd‘s hit “The Hills”, which was released in May 2015 as a single from his album Beauty Behind the Madness, is the cause for a copyright infringement lawsuit against the singer, the producers, and Universal, Warner Chappell, and Sony/ATV among others.
The lawsuit was filed by a UK-based film-financier company that also acquires interest in film score compositions; according to the company, the track illicitly sampled a score from a movie called The Machine which was released in 2013. The film, scored by Tom Raybould, is one of the movies in which the company was apparently involved with.
The complaint reports: “both the infringing song and the track featuring synthesizer bass-lines performed with almost identical idiosyncratic sounds at the same register and using the same pitch sequence, melodic phase structure and rhythmic durations“. The Weeknd and his rep have still not commented.