(CN) - Memphis rapper P. Moses says a "fraudulent 'wannabe' rapper/dancer" from Pittsburgh named "Pimp Pretty" ripped off her copyright for the song "Pimpin' Pretty" and faults YouTube and Google for hosting the confusing videos.
Pamela Moses, whose stage name is P. Moses, says she wrote the song "Pimpin' Pretty" and copyrighted it in 2005, using the name for mixtapes and other products.
Shira Krasnow, who used the name "Lil Miss Muffin," had a minor YouTube hit called "Pound on My Muffin."
Moses' pro se complaint describes Krasnow as a "non-established fraudulent 'wannabe' rapper/dancer" who now uses the name "Pimp Pretty."
"Defendant Shira Krasnow has blatantly copied and attempted to confuse the consumer of the already established brand with a song P. Moses created in 2004 and because of Krasnow's notoriety of her sexually explicit content she received from other YouTube content 'Pound on My Muffin' she has emulated artist P. Moses and assumed a similar name 'Pimp Pretty' that was already created," the complaint says.
"Because YouTube user 'Shira' blatantly contributed to infringed copyrighted works to the YouTube by the thousands, including those created by plaintiff 7 years ago, the videos 'delivered' by YouTube include a vast, unauthorized collection of plaintiff's copyrighted sound recording, trademark, and picture."
The complaint has strong words against YouTube's allegedly illegal activities, calling it an "infringement-driven business" that exploits independent artists, "essentially crippling the chances of a genuine artist gaining momentum and true exposure."
Moses sued for copyright violations and seeks a permanent injunction against Krasnow, YouTube, and Google.