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Atlanta rapper Young Jeezy sued by Composer for copyright infringement

Is Young Jeezy guilty of copyright infringement?
Brian Smith (Smith), who describes himself as a music producer and songwriter specializing in urban music, filed his complaint seeking an injunction, damages, and attorney fees against Jay W. Jenkins d/b/a Young Jeezy Music (Jenkins), Demetrius L. Stewart d/b/a Shawty Redd Songs (Stewart), UMG Recordings, Inc. (UMG), Island Def Jam Music Group (IDJ), Universal Music Group Distribution, Corp (UMGD), EMI Music Publishing (EMI), and EMI April Music, Inc. (EMIA) (collectively, Defendants).According to the complaint, Smith wrote an original song entitled “Roll On Em” and obtained registration No. SRu872-428 after filing on May 27, 2008.  Smith’s manager, Jasmine Norwood, provided an electronic copy of the song by email to Stewart in 2009.  The work “Jizzle” was released by Defendants in July 2010 and Smtih first heard it the following month – August 2010.Thereafter, on October 28, 2010, IDJ registered a copyright of the sound recording of Jizzle.  The complaint asserts that as a result, Smith lost substantial revenues, good will, and relationships with future clients, precluding Smith’s ability to expand his goodwill.  The nature of the goodwill that Smith alleges has been lost may be better understood by listening to Young Jeezy’s performance of the song.  Warning:  The lyrics are not intended for classroom dissection.

The lawsuit targets relief from copyright infringement pursuant to 17 U.S.C. § 101, et seq, including, injunctive relief, expenses of litigation, and a declaratory judgment on ownership of the derivative work.

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The case is Brian Smith v. Jay W. Jenkins et al., No. 1:13-cv-1235-RLV, filed 4/16/13 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, Atlanta Division, and has been assigned to U.S. District Judge Robert L. Vining, Jr.

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Kanye West sued for copyright infringement for ‘Gold Digger’ sample

We all know Kanye West knows how to get down but did the rapper steal a sample for his hit “Gold Digger”?

The lyrics “get down girl, go ‘head, get down” from his 2005 hit could arguably be one of the most iconic hooks in his stellar musical catalog but the family of David Pryor is claiming the rapper stole it.

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According to TMZ, the Pryor family is suing West for copyright infringement of their father’s 1974 record “Bumpin’ Bus Stop.”

Daddy Pryor, who died in 2006, says “get down” in the song he performed with his group Thunder & Lightning. Now, his daughter and son, Trena Steward and Lorenzo Pryor, have filed a suit saying West lifted that sample to use it in his “Gold Digger” song as an echo to his own voice.

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Defending the song, of which they both own one-quarter, the pair have asked a judge to stop the sale of the track and are suing for “millions of dollars” in damages for the unlicensed sample.

Additionally, they are claiming that West along with any other defendants named in the case has “systematically and willfully refused to clear samples of the plaintiffs’ original, copyrighted work in order to gain a commercial profit and to avoid paying and crediting the author.”

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Others named in the suit are Roc-a-Fella Records, Bad Boy Records, Stones Throw Records, Bomb Hip-Hop Records, Autumn Games, Activision, Caroline Distribution and The Island Def Jam Music Group.

At the time of this report, West has not commented on the matter.

Kanye West sued for copyright infringement for ‘Gold Digger’ sample – New York Daily News

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