News: Lil Wayne Fails To Block "The Carter" Doc, Judge Allows Film Release
Wednesday, Apr 22, 2009 6:00AM
Lil Wayne's request to stop the release of the QD3 Entertainment documentary The Carter has been denied by a state court judge, who allowed the films release.
As a result of the ruling, the documentary can now be released globally.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael S. Mink denied Wayne's request for a preliminary injunction this week. QD3 executive Quincy Jones III said the ruling frees his company to seek distribution of the film. "We're very pleased with the court's decision," Jones said. "We made a great film, which was incredibly well received at Sundance, and showcases Lil Wayne's extraordinary talent." (Variety)
Weezy filed the lawsuit earlier this month regarding a "scandalous portrayal" of himself in the Sundance documentary.
The suit charges that Bernie Madoff's movie production company promised to give Lil Wayne approval over the final cut, but they didn't. And instead they presented an attempted scandalous "documentary" at Sundance. And to get into all of this, Wayne's lawyers decided to lead their complaint with Bernie Madoff, drawing some bizarre connection that we now live in the age of people conning other people. Probably the most interesting thing is that one of the defendants is Quincy Jones' son, Quincy Delight Jones III. The papers also state he uses the pseudonym QD3. (Radar Online)
While financial damages never emerged, he did cite breach of contract.
Wayne allowed Digerati Holdings and QD3 Entertainment to shoot a docu-film about him. The movie company, in turn, promised to give him approval over the final cut. In early December last year, the companies screened the film for Lil Wayne's manager, who advised them to remove objectionable content from the film. They sent another clip in January to the manager for review and approval. The manager once more demanded that all objectionable content be removed. Instead of doing so, they allegedly presented a "scandalous portrayal" of the rapper at Sundance without his approval. (All Headline News)
In other legal news, Weezy was forced to turn over financial information on his latest album Tha Carter III to a folk singer who had accused him of copyright infringement.
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 that Lil Wayne didn't have permission to sample her song "Once" in the track "I Feel Like Dying." The lawsuit says Lil Wayne's record label, Cash Money Records, failed to negotiate a license to use Swanepoel's song before millions of people downloaded "I Feel Like Dying." (Associated Press)
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