Rapper 50 Cent Slapped with ‘I Get Money’ Copyright Infringement Lawsuit!

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“I get money, money is got (I I get it)/I get money, money is got (I I get it)/I get money, money is got (Yeah)/Money I got, money is got (I run New York!) . . . I take quarter water sold it in bottles for 2 bucks/Coca-Cola came and bought it for billions. . ./I’m sorry I keep blowing up.”

Well, 50 Cent “homie,” there is an end to “running New York” and it’s time to pay up says Tyrone Simmons, aka “Young Caliber” who recently filed suit in United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York alleging copyright infringement. I have covered copyright infringement claims in music particularly in the Mary J. Blige and Keri Hilson Copyright infringement suit so be sure to check it out.

But, in this suit, notice the emphasis on the exclusive right allegedly granted to Simmons? Interesting twist from what I have covered so far on this blog. Simmons is essentially saying, look I bought the beat from the music producer and when I did, he gave me an EXCLUSIVE license (permission) which means no one else can use it.

“Our client was granted exclusive rights to the ‘I Get Money’ instrumental and was unceremoniously cut out of the loop when the defendants realized they had a huge hit on their hands.”

Read the press release from Marks & Klein, LLP the firm representing Simmons in the lawsuit. This ought to be interesting.

(NEW YORK, Dec. 15, 2010 /PRNewswire) — A copyright infringement lawsuit has been filed over rights to one of the biggest hit rap songs of recent years, “I Get Money,” which was originally released as a single by recording artist Curtis Jackson, aka 50 Cent, and subsequently re-released by various artists as a remix.

Tyrone Simmons, aka “Young Caliber,” an aspiring 28-year-old rap artist from Atlanta, Ga., has filed suit in the United States District Court, Eastern District of New York seeking damages for copyright infringement and other claims. Specifically, Simmons alleges that he purchased an exclusive license for all of the rights to use, record, publish, re-produce, perform and/or sell the “I Get Money” instrumental beat, from which the song is titled, from its producer William Stanberry, aka Apex, and that Stanberry and others, including 50 Cent, knowingly infringed upon his rights.

The named defendants in the lawsuit include Stanberry, his company Apex Productions, LLC, 50 Cent, Universal Music Group, Inc., Interscope Records and certain of its subsidiaries, Aftermath Entertainment (founded by popular rap artist Dr. Dre), G-Unit Records and Shady Records (co-owned by rap artist Eminem).

“The misappropriation of copyright-protected material is an endemic problem in the music business, and particularly in the genre of hip-hop/rap. This is one such case,” said Louis D. Tambaro, an attorney at Red Bank, N.J.-based Marks & Klein, LLP, one of the firms representing Simmons. “Our client was granted exclusive rights to the ‘I Get Money’ instrumental and was unceremoniously cut out of the loop when the defendants realized they had a huge hit on their hands.”

“This type of infringement is simply not fair and will not be tolerated,” added Kevin B. Legreide, an attorney at Legreide & Ceres, Toms River, N.J., which also represents Simmons.

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