March 19, 2009
Business Insider – Lil Wayne Forced To Turn Over Tha Carter III Financial Records
Lil Wayne might need to get himself an attorney who's well versed in clearing music samples, since the rapper now finds himself in another lawsuit over the improper use of one.
He's been ordered to turn over financial records for his multi-platinum album, Tha Carter III, to Urband & Lazar Music Publishing, which is suing him for unlawfully using South African folksinger Karma-Ann Swanepoel's song "Once," on his track, "I Feel Like Dying." The track doesn't appear on the album but Urband and Lazar claim Lil Wayne promoted the CD by performing the song in concert and allowing fans to download it for free on his Web site.
March 19, 2009
XXLmag.com – Lil Wayne ordered to Turn Over Financial Records in Sample Clearance Case
Lil Wayne is once again the target of a lawsuit regarding sample clearance issues. A federal magistrate ordered the rapper to turn over financial records for his multi-platinum album, Tha Carter III to Urband & Lazar Music Publishing yesterday (March 18), reports the Associated Press.
The publishing company is suing Wayne for his unlawful usage of South African folksinger Karma-Ann Swanepoel’s song “Once,” for his track “I Feel Like Dying.” Although it does not appear on the disc, Urban and Lazar claim in their suit, which they filed last May, that the Grammy-award winning rapper promoted his CD by performing the song in concert and allowing fans to download it for free on his Web site.
March 19, 2009
KATC.com – Rapper Lil Wayne must turn over financial Records
NEW ORLEANS -- A federal magistrate on Wednesday ordered rapper Lil Wayne to turn over financial records for his Grammy-winning album, "Tha Carter III," to a music publisher accusing him of copyright infringement.
A lawsuit filed in May 2008 claims Lil Wayne didn't have permission to sample folk singer Karma-Ann Swanepoel's song "Once" in his track "I Feel Like Dying."
"I Feel Like Dying" wasn't a track on "Tha Carter III," but a lawyer for Urband and 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.
U.S. Magistrate Daniel Knowles III in New Orleans ruled that Urband and Lazar, which published "Once," is entitled to review records about the sale of "Tha Carter III." Knowles issued a protective order to keep the records under wraps.
"Only experts and attorneys have a right to see it," he said.
December 18, 2008
The AM Law Daily - Rapper Lil Wayne Wrapped Up in Landmark Copyright Suit
We here at The Am Law Daily have an unabashed affinity for hip hop--we attended the same New York public high school that spawned several members of the Wu-Tang Clan--but two rap-related posts in one week seemed a bit much.
December 17, 2008
E! Online - Did Lil Wayne Pull A Coldplay?
If things don't go his way, Lil Wayne might feel like crying, if not dying, of shame.
December 17, 2008
Billboard.com - Lil Wayne Accused of Copyright Infringement
Lawyers for rapper Lil Wayne are seeking more time to turn over documents for a lawsuit that accuses the artist of copyright infringement.
September 3, 2008
LA Weekly - L.A. Music Publisher's Suit Against Lil Wayne Threatens To Rewrite Rules On Mixtapes
For a music born and bred in the streets, hip-hop is no stranger to the courtroom. Built on a bedrock of funk, jazz and soul samples, the genre has consistently pushed at the edges of legality and been shaped by litigation, from 1991’s Grand Upright Music vs. Warner Bros. Records, in which a district court ruled that Biz Markie had to pay for sampling Gilbert O’Sullivan’s “Alone Again (Naturally),” to 1994’s Campbell vs. Acuff-Rose Music, where the Supreme Court upheld 2 Live Crew’s fair-use rights to parody Roy Orbison’s “Oh, Pretty Woman.”
Once again, and perhaps unsurprisingly, the rule book on sampling and the boundaries of intellectual property are in the process of being redefined, this time thanks to a lawsuit filed in the United States District Court in Louisiana by Los Angeles–based Urband & Lazar Music Publishing. The suit names one of hip-hop’s biggest stars — and the undisputed king of the mixtape — Lil Wayne, as its defendant. At issue is an uncleared sample from a song called “Once,” written by a singer named Karma-Ann Swanepoel. Wayne’s version is called “I Feel Like Dying,” never “officially” released and never offered for sale to the public, but rather given away as a free download. The case not only questions the tenuous legality of mixtapes but also threatens to stymie their recent evolution from back-alley promotional tool to legitimate art form.
May 29, 2008
TMZ.com - Karma Bites Lil' Wayne in the Butt
A lot of times, when the lil' guy -- in this case, a singer named Karma -- says someone -- Lil' Wayne -- jacked his or her song as a sample and wants to get paid, it's a bogus ploy to score some coin. This is not one of those times.
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