Insane Clown Posse is being sued for over $2,000,000 by Entity Productions. The copyright infringement suit is over 7 plus songs that ICP illegaly sampled in more than 3 of the Detroit groups albums.
The samples used are from various recordings made by Midnight Syndicate, which specialize in Halloween Gothic Music.
Entity Productions filed the lawsuit against Psychopathic Records and the Insane Clown Posse, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, on Monday.
According to the lawsuit, Entity Productions sells or licenses various recordings around the world.
A lawsuit by an aspiring songwriter, claims that John Legend stole the track “Maxine's Interlude,” from his 2006 album platinum-plus album Once Again.
According to Allhiphop.com, Songwriter Anthony Stokes filed the lawsuit in United States District Court, in the District of New Jersey on July 5th.
The lawsuit claims that Stokes was a student at the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill, when he wrote a song titled “Where Are You Now.”
He registered the composition with the United States Copyright Office in October of 2004, according to the complaint.
Several days before he registered the copyright for his song, Stokes claims he attended a sold-out “Homecoming Concert” that featured John legend at UNC.
After the concert was over, John Legend hosted an autograph signing session, where Stokes was afforded the opportunity to personally meet the world famous R&B singer.
According to the lawsuit, Stokes presented John Legend with a demo recording of “Where Are You Now,” along with his contact information.
Stokes, whose lawsuit includes pictures that he took with John Legend that night, claims that John Legend stole the majority of the song and used it for his track “Maxine's Interlude” from Once Again.
Stokes is suing John Legend, G.O.O.D. Music and Sony Records for copyright infringement and unjust enrichment.
According to Allhiphop.com, A lawsuit has broken out between Rap-A-Lot Records and Pimp C's wife Chinara Butler, over unreleased recordings by the deceased rap star. Rap-A-Lot Records 2K filed the lawsuit against Chinara Butler in the District Court of Harris County, Texas.
According to the lawsuit, Pimp C entered into an agreement with James Prince and Rap-A-Lot Records in October of 2000.
Under the agreement, Pimp C agreed to record exclusively for Rap-A-Lot, which would be the sole and exclusive owner of all copyrights in the masters recorded by Pimp C.
The lawsuit claims that when Pimp C passed away in December of 2008, his wife Chinara was appointed as the independent administrator and sole representative of Pimp C's estate.
Shortly after the rapper's death, Rap-A-Lot and Chinara Butler also amended the agreement.
Under the amended agreement, Butler was allegedly supposed to deliver 10 masters to Rap-A-Lot Records.
Tensions between the two parties came to a breaking point last Thursday, (June 16th), when an attorney for Chinara Butler faxed a letter to Rap-A-Lot, demanding that they cease and desist with any activities related to Pimp C.
The letter also accused Rap-A-Lot Records of not paying Chinara Butler, engineers and production people associated with Pimp C's productions.
Rap-A-Lot is suing Chinara Butler to force her to deliver all of the Pimp C masters.
According to Allhiphop.com, Soul music legend Syl Johnson lost a round in court this week, when a long-running lawsuit against rap group Cypress Hill was officially dismissed.
Syl Johnson sued Cypress Hill in 2003 for copyright infringement, claiming the group illegally sampled his song "It it Because I'm Black," which was featured on the track "Interlude" on the group's hit album Black Sunday.
Cypress Hill originally won a judgment for lawyer fees and court costs in 2008, after a judge ruled that Syl Johnson's original recording was not protected under law, because it was recorded three years before the Federal Copyright Act was passed in 1972.
Johnson appealed the original 2008 judgment in favor of Cypress Hill, but the appeal was dismissed on Wednesday (June 1st).
Syl Johnson recorded "Is It Because I'm Black in 1968 and in 1969 his record label, Twinight Records released a version of the song on 45 RPM.
In 1972, Johnson re-recorded the song, but it was never released in the United States.
Johnson didn't apply for copyright registration for the re-recording until 1997, when he realized it wasn't being protected by a valid Federal copyright.
Rapper Jay-Z could end up in court over a new lawsuit that claims the rap mogul illegally used a sample in his hit 2000 song "Big Pimpin."
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jay-Z is being sued by the family of Egyptian composer Baligh Hamdi, who wrote the song "Khosara, Khosara" for a 1957 Egyptian film named Fata Ahlami.
Hamdi's children are suing EMI, MTV, Paramount Pictures, UMG and Warner Music over the track.
Although Jay-Z's team obtained a license to use the song under United States copyright law, the lawsuit claims he didn't have the proper rights to loop and rap over the sample.
The lawsuit claims that although Jay-Z obtained a license to use the sample, he didn't have the rights to loop the sample and rap over it under Egyptian copyright laws.
Jay- also failed to get permission from all of Hamdi's children, who each own an interest in the composition.
The lawsuit was originally filed in 2005 and was dismissed in 2007, because all of the owners of the rights to the song were not listed in the original court filing.
Big Pimpin' was featured on Jay-Z's hit album, Vol. 3... Life and Times of S. Carter., which has sold millions of copies.
Hamdi's children are seeking an unspecified amount in damages.
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