Grammy-winning rapper Lil Wayne has filed a lawsuit against Digerati Holdings and QD3 Entertainment over a “scandalous portrayal” of him in a Sundance documentary film earlier this year.
The rapper has also included the son of music pioneer Quincy Jones in the suit.
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 have yet to emerge, he is citing breach of contract.
The 26-year-old artist 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. He is suing for breach of contract, breach of covenant of good faith and fair dealing, unfair business practices, fraud and invasion of privacy among others. (All Headline News)
In other legal news, Weezy was forced to trun over financial information on his latest album Tha Carter III last month to a folk singer who previously 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)
Concern grew on behalf of Swanepoel about the profits Weezy attained from indirect usage of the song.
“I Feel Like Dying” wasn’t a track on Tha Carter III, but 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)