News: Lil Wayne Hits Producer W/ Lawsuit, Sues Over Copyright Infringement
Wednesday, Apr 29, 2009 12:05AM
Lil Wayne has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against the "I Feel Like Dying" producer who, he says, was responsible for clearing the song's sample that brought the original lawsuit against Wayne.
Weezy filed the lawsuit against a Florida-based company earlier this month.
A lawsuit filed last week by the rapper's lawyers says Rebel Rock Productions Inc., of Coconut Creek, Fla., produced "I Feel Like Dying" and was responsible for obtaining any necessary licensing agreements. Rebel Rock hasn't responded to Lil Wayne's claims and doesn't have a lawyer named in court records. A telephone number listed for the company has been disconnected. (Associated Press)
Wayne was originally sued over the track in May 2008.
A lawsuit filed last year against Lil Wayne accuses him of copyright infringement for failing to get permission to sample folk singer Karma-Ann Swanepoel's song "Once" in his track "I Feel Like Dying." The song isn't a track on any of Lil Wayne's records, but he allegedly sings it in concert and has allowed fans to download it for free on his Web site. (WXVT News)
The rapper was ordered by a judge last month to turn over financial information on his latest album Tha Carter III due to the lawsuit.
U.S. Magistrate Daniel Knowles III ordered the New Orleans rapper to hand over records about the sale of 2008's Tha Carter III. Karma-Ann Swanepoel claims in a federal lawsuit filed in May. A lawyer for Urband & Lazar Music Publishing said Lil Wayne promoted the album by singing that song in concert and allowing fans to download it for free on his Web site. "It's more akin to promotional material," attorney Melvin Albritton said. "He used the infringing work to promote himself." (Seattle Times)
However, Weezy's attorney Shantell Payton claimed the record had little impact on the rapper's career.
Payton said the rapper doesn't control the Web site where fans downloaded "I Feel Like Dying." Payton also denied the song helped Lil Wayne promote his album. "Quite simply, 'I Feel Like Dying' did nothing for Mr. Carter's career," Lil Wayne's lawyers wrote in statements. (Court Documents)
An anti-Wayne website called LilWayneGonnaSueYou.com was recently launched as a result of the rapper's label suing DJ Drama and other deejays.
"What's going on, it's Blaksmif, the Makin Moves representative," Blaksmif said in a video from the site. "You know what it is. If you ain't seen what's going on, you've been under a f*cking rock...It's still f*ck Cash Money, f*ck Lil Wayne and them n*ggas is kissing each other and that's that. If Pimp C was alive, you think he'd be f*cking with n*ggas suing n*ggas? Let's keep it a hundred man." (LilWayneGonnaSueYou.com)
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