Timbaland plagiarism controversy

Last updated

The 2007 dance-pop song "Do It" performed by Canadian singer-songwriter Nelly Furtado features elements plagiarized from "Acidjazzed Evening", [1] [2] [3] a chiptune-style track composed by the Finnish demoscene artist Janne Suni. [4] [5] Timbaland, "Do It"'s producer, admitted to sampling Suni's work, but did not believe his usage constituted "stealing", calling the allegations "ridiculous". [6] Although users had noted the similarities between the two tracks on Finnish demoscene forums in July 2006, the Timbaland plagiarism controversy attracted mainstream attention in January 2007, when Internet users posted videos to YouTube alleging Timbaland had plagiarized Suni's work. Soon afterwards, the controversy attracted the attention of the Finnish news portal eDome, and the MTV and Rolling Stone websites, who all published articles detailing the events of the controversy. [7] [8] [9] [10] "Do It" was released as the fifth North American single from Loose on July 24, 2007.



The original track, titled "Acidjazzed Evening", is a chiptune-style, 4-channel Amiga module composed by Finnish demoscener Janne Suni (a.k.a. Tempest). [11] The song won first place in the Oldskool Music competition at Assembly 2000, a demoparty held in Helsinki, Finland, in 2000. [12] According to Scene.org, the song was uploaded to their servers the same year, long before the release of the song by Furtado. The song was later remixed (with Suni's permission) by Norwegian Glenn Rune Gallefoss (a.k.a. GRG) for the Commodore 64 in SID format—this is the version that was later used for "Do It". It was first published in a disk magazine in Australia in August 2002 [13] [14] and was added to the High Voltage SID Collection on December 21, 2002. [15]

A video that claims to show proof of the plagiarism was posted to YouTube on January 12, 2007. [16] Another video was posted to YouTube on January 14, 2007, claiming Timbaland also stole the tune a year earlier for the ringtone Block Party, one of several that were sold in the United States in 2005. [17]

Authors' comments

Janne Suni

Janne Suni posted the following comment regarding the copyright status of "Acidjazzed Evening" on January 15, 2007:

...I have never given up the copyrights of Acidjazzed Evening. I also have never authorized commercial use of the song. In 2002, however, Glenn Rune Gallefoss (also known as GRG) made a conversion/arrangement of the Acidjazzed Evening which was not released commercially. This arrangement was made on the Commodore 64 computer. It was authorized by me, and Glenn Rune Gallefoss explicitly asked for permission before releasing the arrangement. [11]

On February 16, 2007, he added the following note:

I'll correct one persistent misconception: I have been using the services of a law firm since September 2006. Things are gradually developing behind the scenes, and whatever the result turns out to be like, I'll publish any available info here as soon as possible. [11]

On September 9, 2007, his webpage was updated with the following information:

My case regarding the controversy has come to its closure. Just as before, I will not answer any questions about the case. [11]

Glenn Gallefoss

The C64 news portal C64.sk published the following comment from Glenn R. Gallefoss on January 15, 2007:

... Its my sid version that has been sampled in do-it : You can hear that by the 11 waveform bleeps I have put in at random places (only 3 voices on a sid you know), the arpeggios are using filters, I can even hear the lead using my multipulse routine (which i rarely use, but i did it on acidjazz.sid ). [18]

On February 3, Gallefoss published the following comment on his personal web page:

Not much to tell about this matter. I have made a deal with my lawyers. Sometime in the near future, something will happen. [19]

Universal / Nelly Furtado

Hannu Sormunen, a Finnish representative of Universal, which represents Nelly Furtado in Finland, commented the controversy as follows in the January 15, 2007, issue of Iltalehti :

In case that the artist decides to pursue the matter further, it's on him to go to America and confront them with the local use of law. It will require a considerable amount of faith and, of course, money. [7]

The first legal action against Universal Finland was officially filed with Helsinki District Court in mid-August 2007, on behalf of Glenn R. Gallefoss.


On February 2, 2007, Timbaland responded to the plagiarism accusations in an interview on the radio show Elliot in the Morning . In this interview, Timbaland admitted to what he called "sampling", but he also claimed that sampling is "not stealing", because "everybody samples from everybody every day". Timbaland also said that the sample is "from a video game" and mentioned the Commodore 64. He also said that he has no time for research and that it is sometimes impossible to "know what's public domain and what's not". Timbaland also called the issue "ridiculous" but mentioned that he is "in legal discussions" and therefore was not able to say much about it. He also called Janne Suni an "idiot" and a "freakin' jerk" on the show. [20]

On February 9, 2007, Timbaland commented on the issue in an MTV interview:

It makes me laugh. The part I don't understand, the dude is trying to act like I went to his house and took it from his computer. I don't know him from a can of paint. I'm 15 years deep. That's how you attack a king? You attack moi? Come on, man. You got to come correct. You the laughing stock. People are like, "You can't be serious." [21]

Third-party analysis

A device in Timbaland's studio, as seen in video clips from the MTV show Timbaland's Diary, has been identified as an Elektron SidStation. [8] [22] This device is a MIDI-controlled synthesizer based on the SID chip of the Commodore 64, and it is capable of playing back .sid files the way they would have sounded on the original hardware. It has been speculated that Timbaland downloaded Gallefoss' version of the song from the High Voltage SID Collection [22] [23] and used the SidStation for running it to the studio system. [8] [22]

Chris Abbott, maintainer of the website C64Audio.com, posted an in-depth analysis on the topic and summarizes it in his online article. Abbott has commercially released Commodore 64 music, most notably the Back in Time CD series. Abbott writes:

What appears to have happened is that the three-voice output from the original C64 version has had the bass voice silenced: that missing bass voice then follows the original tune except for a couple of changed notes, and the removal of some octave jumps. However, various technical procedures show that other components of the song (chords/melody/rhythm) have been exactly reproduced. This is vanishingly unlikely to have happened by chance. [22]

Abbott also notes that although the evidence seems to be conclusive, the eventual outcome is not.

Court proceedings

In August 2007, an action for infringement was filed in the District Court of Helsinki against Universal Music, Ltd, alleging Nelly Furtado's song "Do It" infringed "Acidjazzed Evening". [24] [25] In January 2009, after a trial that included multiple expert and technical witnesses, a three-judge panel unanimously dismissed the plaintiff's case.[ citation needed ]

On December 17, 2008, Abbott also testified as a witness of prosecution in the Helsinki court in Gallefoss's case against Universal Music Finland. The Finnish court reportedly threw out the case after ruling in only one aspects of the three claims (sampling, performance rights, producer rights), and the case remained in appellate court as of January 2010. [26]

On June 12, 2009, Mikko Välimäki, who is one of the legal counsels of Kernel Records, the owner of the sound recording rights, reported that the case had been filed in Florida. [27] [28] On June 7, 2011, the case of Kernel Records Oy v. Mosley ended with the court deciding that the tune was a US work as it had been first published on the Internet and that Kernel Records had failed to register for copyright in the United States. [29] This reversed the decision of Moberg v. 33T LLC, which decided that a photograph published online in Germany was not a US work. [30] [31] [32] [33] [34]

The copyright dispute was eventually settled out of court for an undisclosed sum. [2]

Similar cases

Earlier examples of unauthorized commercial use of SID music have been brought up by sources covering the Timbaland plagiarism controversy.

An often-mentioned example is Zombie Nation's 1999 hit Kernkraft 400 , which was a remake of David Whittaker's song for the 1984 Commodore 64 game Lazy Jones . As of 2023, legal action is pending, highlighting just how long copyright cases can be delayed or drawn out. [35] [ needs update ] Another example is the Dutch hit "You've Got My Love", for which the artist Bas "Bastian" Bron sampled the drums from Jeroen Tel's and Reyn Ouwehand's song made for the game Rubicon. Both of the cases were won by the original authors in court. [8] [22]

The Fitts for Fight case also involved copied chipmusic.

In April 2008, a similar case was revealed about self-proclaimed "chiptune maestro" Laromlab, who released his self-titled album on Mushpot Records; shortly after, it was discovered that the entire album is in fact the work of a chiptune collective called the YM Rockerz. Mushpot responded by dropping Laromlab immediately from the label, [36] and Laromlab himself has issued an apology, stating the "project was a hoax, a complete fallacy". [37]

Media coverage

The beginnings of the controversy

The earliest Internet forum posts suggesting that "Do It" was based on "Acidjazzed Evening" date back to July 2006, [38] and according to the Finnish news portal eDome, "Suni and other demoscene hobbyists" already knew about it at this time. [8]

Mainstream coverage

One of the first large media to react to the on-line controversy was the Finnish Broadcasting Company, which published a news item on the topic on January 14, 2007. [39]

The electronic music magazine Side-Line put a complete news round-up up on its website. [40] Finnish tabloids Ilta-Sanomat, [41] Iltalehti, [42] and newspapers ITviikko, [43] and DigiToday [44] also published articles about the suspected plagiarism on January 15, 2007.

On January 16, Finnish news portal eDome published an article about the case saying in the English summary that:

It is beyond any doubt that Timothy "Timbaland" Mosley has directly copied large sections of Janne Suni’s songs, much more than any "fair use" would allow. Timbaland has not sampled tiny bits or effects from the song, but whole sections. This is a clear breach of copyright. [8]

The article also covered similar cases from the past and notified that both the competition and the prize ceremony "were witnessed by the 4000-5000 people at the event. The competition and the ceremony were also shown in Helsinki area cable TV". [8] The same day, the news reached Norwegian media, including Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation [45] and Dagbladet, [46] both of which interviewed Gallefoss.

On January 17, the case was reported on briefly by the Rolling Stone website, [47] XXL Magazine , [48] and the popular German IT news portal Heise online. Heise's story suggests that Timbaland downloaded Gallefoss's SID arrangement from the High Voltage SID Collection. [23]

On January 18, Rolling Stone put the controversy as top news of the day with a more detailed article. [9] Later that day the San Jose Mercury News covered the story on their blog. [49]

On January 22, MTV took notice of the issue with a longer article and video news. It is not clear if this video news was actually broadcast or merely posted online. [10] MTV-owned sister station VH-1 also published the MTV news story. MTV had attempted to reach Timbaland's representatives via phone and e-mail, but they "had not responded at press time". [10]

See also

Related Research Articles

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Nelly Furtado</span> Canadian singer (born 1978)

Nelly Kim Furtado is a Canadian singer and songwriter. Furtado has sold over 40 million records worldwide making her one of the most successful Canadian artists. She is widely known for her musical versatility and genre experimentation.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Chiptune</span> Style of synthesized electronic music

Chiptune, also known as chip music or 8-bit music, is a style of synthesized electronic music made using the programmable sound generator (PSG) sound chips or synthesizers in vintage arcade machines, computers and video game consoles. The term is commonly used to refer to tracker format music which intentionally sounds similar to older PSG-created music, as well as music that combines PSG sounds with modern musical styles. It has been described as "an interpretation of many genres" since any existing song can be arranged in a chiptune style defined more by choice of instrument and timbre than specific style elements.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Assembly (demoparty)</span>

The Assembly demoparty is a demoscene and gaming event in Finland. It is the biggest demoscene party. The main organizers of the event are Pekka Aakko and Jussi Laakkonen. The Summer event takes place every year between late July and early August, and lasts three to four days, and the Winter event is held in January or February. Edition 2020 was online. The most recent Assembly was held from 1 to 3 April 2022 at Messukeskus in Helsinki.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Timbaland</span> American record producer and rapper from Virginia

Timothy Zachery Mosley, known professionally as Timbaland, is an American record producer, rapper, singer, songwriter, and record executive. He has received widespread acclaim for his innovative production work and distinctive "stuttering" rhythmic style. In 2007, Entertainment Weekly stated that "just about every current pop trend can be traced back to him — from sultry, urban-edged R&B songstresses ... to the art of incorporating avant-garde sounds into No. 1 hits."

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Martin Galway</span> Irish chiptune musician

Martin Galway is one of the best known composers of chiptune video game music for the Commodore 64 and the ZX Spectrum. His works include Rambo: First Blood Part II, Comic Bakery and Wizball's scores, as well as the music used in the loader for the C64 version of Arkanoid.

<i>Loose</i> (Nelly Furtado album) 2006 studio album by Nelly Furtado

Loose is the third studio album by Canadian singer-songwriter Nelly Furtado, released on 7 June 2006, by Geffen and Mosley Music Group. Following the release of Furtado's second album, Folklore (2003), through DreamWorks Records, it was announced that Universal Music Group would acquire DreamWorks Records, the latter was folded into the Interscope Geffen A&M umbrella label where Furtado would release any new music. Recording sessions for Loose took place from 2005 to 2006. Timbaland and his protégé Danja produced the bulk of the album, primarily a pop album which incorporates influences of dance, R&B, hip hop, latin pop, synth-pop, reggaeton, new wave, funk, and Middle Eastern music. Lyrically, it explores the theme of female sexuality and has been described as introspective.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">No Hay Igual</span> 2006 single by Nelly Furtado

"No Hay Igual" is a song by Canadian singer-songwriter Nelly Furtado from her third studio album, Loose (2006). It was written and produced by Furtado, Tim "Timbaland" Mosley, Nate "Danja" Hills, and Nisan Stewart, with vocal production by Jim Beanz. While working with Timbaland and Danja at The Hit Factory in Miami, Florida, Pharrell Williams introduced Furtado to reggaeton, a musical genre that was unfamiliar to her. After he played a song for her, Furtado became inspired and wrote the lyrics to "No Hay Igual" "nearly on the spot". It is a hip-hop and reggaeton song in which Furtado sings in Spanish over a reggaeton rhythm.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Maneater (Nelly Furtado song)</span> 2006 single by Nelly Furtado

"Maneater" is a song by Canadian singer Nelly Furtado from her third studio album, Loose (2006). The song was written by Furtado, Jim Beanz, and its producers Timbaland, Danja. It was released to mainstream radio in the United States in July 2006. The song's musical style and production were inspired by the Hall & Oates song of the same name and other music from the 1980s.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Say It Right</span> 2006 single by Nelly Furtado

"Say It Right" is a song recorded by Canadian singer Nelly Furtado for her third studio album Loose (2006). It was written by Furtado, Tim "Timbaland" Mosley, and Nate "Danja" Hills, with Furtado crediting the Eurythmics' song "Here Comes the Rain Again" as her inspiration. The song was released as the third single from Loose on 31 October 2006, by Geffen Records and Mosley Music Group; in Europe, it was released as the fourth.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Mosley Music Group</span> American record label

Mosley Music Group (MMG) is a record label founded and formed by producer Tim "Timbaland" Mosley. Founded in 2006, the imprint is distributed exclusively by Interscope Records and Def Jam Recordings.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">All Good Things (Come to an End)</span> Song by Canadian singer Nelly Furtado

"All Good Things (Come to an End)" is a song by Canadian singer Nelly Furtado from her third studio album, Loose (2006). It was written by Furtado, Tim "Timbaland" Mosley, Chris Martin, and Nate "Danja" Hills. The song was released as the album's third European single in November 2006. It was released as the fourth single in the United States and Australia. The single features Chris Martin, frontman of the band Coldplay, harmonizing throughout the song. The original version of the song included Martin saying a few words at the beginning and singing the chorus behind Furtado.

Floyd Nathaniel Hills, professionally known as Danja, is an American record producer and songwriter from Virginia Beach, Virginia. Starting off as a co-producer for Timbaland, he has since then created an extensive catalog of solo-produced singles. He has produced songs for artists such as Britney Spears, Usher, Keri Hilson, T.I., Nelly Furtado, Kevin Cossom, Ciara, Mariah Carey, Timbaland, Madonna, Whitney Houston, Missy Elliott, M.I.A., Justin Timberlake, JoJo, Joe Jonas, Simple Plan, The Clutch, Pink, T-Pain, Diddy, Meek Mill, Björk, Duran Duran and AGNEZ MO.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Give It to Me (Timbaland song)</span> 2007 song by Timbaland featuring Nelly Furtado and Justin Timberlake

"Give It to Me" is a song performed by American producer, songwriter and rapper Timbaland, released as the first single from his second studio album Shock Value (2007). The song features vocals by Canadian singer-songwriter Nelly Furtado and American singer-songwriter Justin Timberlake. All three artists co-wrote the song together with American rapper Attitude and American producer Danja, who produced the song with Timbaland. Mosley Music Group, in association with Blackground Records and Interscope Records, serviced the song to contemporary hit and rhythmic radios in the United States on February 6, 2007, and later to urban radios on March 10, 2007. "Give It to Me" is an electro song that embodies the sensibilities of club music. The song features the protagonists addressing their critics about their successes in the music industry.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Do It (Nelly Furtado song)</span> 2007 single by Nelly Furtado

"Do It" is a song by Canadian singer Nelly Furtado from her third studio album, Loose (2006). It was written by Furtado, Tim "Timbaland" Mosley and Nate Hills. It was produced by Timbaland and Nate "Danja" Hills. The song features a prominent influence of 1980s dance music and sexually suggestive lyrics, in which the song's protagonist asks a lover to satisfy her sexually.

Janne "Tempest" Suni is a Finnish demoscener, pixel artist and tracker musician, and a member of the demogroup Fairlight. He is best known outside the demoscene for being the creator of the song "Acidjazzed Evening", the melody of which hip-hop producer Timbaland plagiarized in the 2006 song "Do It" by Nelly Furtado.

"Ching Ching" is the second single by rap artist Ms. Jade. The song is also found on track four of her debut album, Girl Interrupted, released in 2002.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Morning After Dark</span> 2009 single by Nelly Furtado, Timbaland, SoShy

"Morning After Dark" is a song by American record producer and rapper, Timbaland taken from his third studio album, Shock Value II. The song features French singer SoShy and was released as the first single from the album on October 26, 2009. The international version of the song features an additional verse from Canadian singer Nelly Furtado and it is this version which features on the album.

<i>Shock Value II</i> 2009 studio album by Timbaland

Shock Value II is the third studio album by American record producer Timbaland. It serves as the sequel to Shock Value.

Bitpop is a type of electronic music and subgenre of chiptune music, where at least part of the music is made using the sound chips of old 8-bit computers and video game consoles.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Promiscuous (song)</span> 2006 single by Nelly Furtado

"Promiscuous" is a song by Canadian singer Nelly Furtado from her third studio album, Loose (2006). The song was written by Timothy "Attitude" Clayton, Tim "Timbaland" Mosley, Furtado and Nate "Danja" Hills. The song's lyrics feature a conversation between a man and woman who call each other promiscuous. The song was released as the second single from the album on April 25, 2006.


  1. Zeilinger, Martin J. (2013). "Chiptuning Intellectual Property: Digital Culture Between Creative Commons and Moral Economy". IASPM Journal. 3 (1): 19–34. doi: 10.5429/2079-3871(2012)v3i1.3en .
  2. 1 2 Cuepoint: Was Timbaland's Skillful Sampling a Cultural Crime?
  3. CDM: Chiptune Music Theft Continues; Crystal Castles Abuses Creative Commons License
  4. Ginsburg, Jane C.; Treppoz, Edouard (July 15, 2014). International Copyright Law: U.S. and E.U. Perspectives: Text and Cases. Edward Elgar Publishing. pp. 198–204. ISBN   9781783477975.
  5. DiCola, Peter (2011). Making and Unmaking Intellectual Property: Creative Production in Legal and Cultural Perspective - An Economic View of Legal Restrictions on Musical Borrowing and Appropriation. University of Chicago Press. p. chapter 13.
  6. Soundscapes: From Dr. Dre to J. Cole: The Art of Sample-Based Hip-Hop
  7. 1 2 "Onko Nellyn hitti Suomesta?" (Finnish)
  8. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 "Yhdysvaltalaistuottaja pölli suomalaismuusikolta". Plaza.fi. Archived from the original on February 23, 2007. Retrieved February 28, 2010.
  9. 1 2 "Is Timbaland a Thief?". Rolling Stone. January 18, 2007. Archived from the original on May 2, 2014. Retrieved September 16, 2017.()
  10. 1 2 3 "YouTube Clip Claims Timbaland Got Furtado Track From Finnish Dude". MTV .
  11. 1 2 3 4 "Tempest's website". Fairlight.fi. September 9, 2007. Retrieved February 28, 2010.
  12. "Scene.org's Assembly 2000 results data". Scene.org. Retrieved February 28, 2010.
  13. Fitzgerald, Brian; Gilchrist, John (2015). Copyright Perspectives: Past, Present and Prospect. 4.3.3: Springer. p. 40. ISBN   9783319159126.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: location (link)
  14. pouët.net: vandalism news #39
  15. High Voltage SID Collection Update #34
  16. YouTube "Producer Timbaland steals song from Finnish musician", YouTube, January 12, 2007.
  17. YouTube, "Timbaland steals song - more proof!"
  18. "GRG's cover of Tempest's tune got ripped". C64.sk. Retrieved February 28, 2010.
  19. GRG/Shape. "GRG's web site / news". Home.eunet.no. Archived from the original on March 23, 2010. Retrieved February 28, 2010.
  20. "Elliot in the Morning - Timbaland interviewed transcript" . Retrieved February 28, 2010.
  21. Rodriguez, Jayson (February 9, 2007). "Timbaland Still In Shock Over Jay-Z, Madonna, Elton Collaborations". Mtv.com. Retrieved February 28, 2010.
  22. 1 2 3 4 5 "Chris Abbott: Doin' it for themselves: what's going on in Timbaland?". C64audio.com. January 18, 2007. Archived from the original on August 15, 2009. Retrieved February 28, 2010.
  23. 1 2 "Hiphop-Produzent wilderte in C64-Musikarchiv".
  24. MusicRadar: Timbaland, Nelly Furtado sued for plagiarism
  25. BoingBoing: Timbaland finally sued over chiptune plagiarism(archived copy)
  26. "Commodore Remix - Timbaland Court Case starts on Wednesday". Remix64.com. Retrieved February 28, 2010.
  27. "Kernel Records v. Timbaland enters a court in Florida at Turre Legal". Turre.com. June 6, 2009. Retrieved February 28, 2010.
  28. Joe Bosso (June 17, 2009). "MusicRadar: Timbaland, Nelly Furtado sued for plagiarism" . Retrieved November 16, 2014.
  29. Genius: When Hip Hop Goes to Court: Rap Lawsuits and Music Law
  30. Warshavsky, Oren J. (September 18, 2012). "Whoa Nelly: Furtado and Timbaland defeat copyright claim as plaintiff fails to show evidence". Lexology.
  31. Lexology: District court holds online publication means publication of a U.S. work
  32. "Copyhype: Timbaland wins 2nd Sampling Lawsuit in 3 Months". Copyhype. Retrieved November 16, 2014.
  33. Copyhype: Timbaland wins 2nd Sampling Lawsuit in 3 Months
  34. Hip Hop Wired: Nelly Furtado And Timbaland Dodge Multi-Million Dollar Lawsuit
  35. "NME: OK COMPUTER!". NME . Archived from the original on June 30, 2001. Retrieved November 16, 2014.
  36. "Mushpot Records". Mushpot Records. Retrieved February 28, 2010.
  37. "CMJ News Story". Prod1.cmj.com. April 1, 2008. Retrieved February 28, 2010.
  38. Vee.fi user reviews of Nelly Furtado: Loose Archived July 18, 2006, at the Wayback Machine
  39. "Amerikkalaista hiphop-tuottaja Timbalandia syytetään suomalaisen plagioinnista". January 14, 2007.
  40. "Did Björk producer Timbaland steal music from demoscene? More evidences showing up !". Side-line.com. Archived from the original on September 30, 2007. Retrieved February 28, 2010.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)()
  41. "Suosittu jenkkibiisi onkin suomalaiskopio?".
  42. "Onko Nellyn hitti Suomesta?".
  43. "Hittituottaja varasti suomalaisen Amiga-biisin?".
  44. "Veisaako Nelly Furtado Suomesta varastettua Amiga-biisiä?".
  45. "Norsk offer i plagiat-skandale".
  46. "Anklager stjerneprodusent for juks". January 16, 2007.
  47. "Finnish Artists After Nelly Furtado?". Rolling Stone . Archived from the original on January 18, 2007.
  48. "Revenge Of The Nerds - Timbaland vs. The Internet". Archived from the original on March 15, 2008. Retrieved June 17, 2012.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link) at the Internet Archive
  49. "Did Super Producer Timbaland copy the track of "Do It" off of Finnish producer Janne Suni?". San Jose Mercury News. Archived from the original on August 7, 2011. Retrieved January 19, 2007.