Jay Z Roc-A-Fella Logo Lawsuit

Jay Z Roc-A-Fella Logo Lawsuit

Jay Z may think he owns the rap game, but that doesn’t mean he owns the rights to everything. Yep, even Hova is on the hook for copyright infringement… He is being sued for a sample used on 2009′s jam ‘Run This Town’, which featured Kanye West and Rihanna. Record label TufAmerica Inc claims that that the song uses snippets Eddie Bo’s 1969 song ‘Hook & Sling’ over a dozen times.

On top of this Following attempts to avoid involvement in a lawsuit filed by Dwayne Walker, fashion designer and creator of the Roc-A-Fella logo, Brooklyn rapper Jay Z will now have to “cooperate with discovery” in Walker’s lawsuit via document production and depositions, according to a press release dated March 20, 2014.

In addition to Jay Z, Damon Dash and Universal Music Group are also named in the lawsuit, which cites breach of contract and copyright infringement.

“We are pleased with the court’s order,” Gregory Berry, Walker’s attorney, said in a statement. “For over 18 months Jay-Z and the other defendants have done everything they can to avoid swearing under oath to the events that led to the creation of the logo. With the decision today, the defendants’ delay tactics must stop, and Mr. Walker’s quest for justice can move forward.”

According to Walker, who created the Roc-A-Fella logo in 1995 and still owns the copyright, Jay Z, Dash and Kareem Burke promised to give him $3500 and 2% of revenues for ten years after the first year of the logo’s use. He says he did receive the $3500, but was never given 2% of revenues. It’s reported that Walker is owed $7 million in unpaid royalties.

…While they’re at it somebody please sue Robin Thicke for stealing Marvin Gaye’s shit!

Added on: March 27th, 2014


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