This fight ain’t pretty at all. Pharell also pulls the same trick he did with the Marvin Gaye Blurred lines lawsuit by going to court and asking that the court grant a declaratory judgment saying, “Look Will.i.am, homie you straight tripping. I don’t owe you diddly squat.” Pharell also tries to argue that Will.i.am has been trying to trademark all forms of the ‘I am” and it hasn’t been working too well for him. Will.i.am, on the other hand, comes back with some smacking of his own. He calls out Pharell’s legal troubles including the Blurred lines infringement claim and basically tells the dude where to go. Pharell tried to pull a sympathy card i.e. but we are supposed to be music colleagues. Will.i.am raises his eyebrow, legally speaking, and responds with, “It ain’t that kind of party, let’s not ever try to make it that type.” I am very interested in what happens in this suit.
Artists, don’t ya just hate it when you pay for studio time and you can’t get in to make things happen? You are about your music and money business and some guy/girl is acting a fool. What do you do? Don’t take it lying down.You can sue in small claims court, where you do not need a lawyer, depending on the amount of damages you claim is owed to you (maximum $10,000 in California court if you sue (natural person); or in the alternative, you can sue in Superior Court.
The royalty scheme in the music industry can be quite complex. It is one I have discussed and provided extended analysis on here. However, in the final analysis, when money is owed, it ought to be paid to whom it is owed to. Tupac Shakur’s mom who is a co-administrator of her son’s estate, is claiming she is owed unpaid royalties from her son’s musical works by Entertainment One. Entertainment One purchased Tupac’s music catalogue from Death Row Records earlier this year. Let’s see how this lawsuit turns out.
Rick Ross is notorious for these kinds of lawsuits filed against him. I really don’t know why the Maybach boss can’t seem to get his act together in this department. He consistently signs up to perform, receives initial deposit money, sometimes the entire monies according to reports and then it is a no show.
” Here’s what each rapper got as a fee:– Stalley: $5,500– Omarion: $12,000– Wale: $35,000– Meek Mill: $40,000 . . . Rick Ross: $100,000 The promoter also fronted $93,281.26 for flights and other expenses. . .” – TMZ
Archived Cases/Legal Resources to Reference for Analysis of Legal Claims in the Above Disputes
3. Royalties in the Music Industry (USA model contrasted with Nigeria/Africa’s)
4. Breach of Contract for Failure to Perform (Another Rick Ross Saga)
Have a fantastic weekend and enjoy the Tupac throwback ‘Dear Mama’ song.
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