Friday, July 25, 2008

More Legal Woes....

Both Foxy Brown and Lil' Kim are being sued by the same publisher.

Publisher Simon & Schuster filed separate lawsuits in the New York State Supreme Court Thursday against the two rappers for not delivering books for which they had already accepted advances for. According to The Associated Press, Brown (Inga Marchand) was paid $75,000 in 2005 for an autobiography tentatively titled "Broken Silence," which was due by February 2006. Kim (Kimberly Jones) signed up in 2003 to write her debut novel by June 2004 and was paid $40,000. The suit seeks the return of the advances from the two women, each of whom has done prison time since signing her respective deal — Kim in 2005 for perjury and Brown in 2007 for violating probationSimon & Schuster spokesperson Adam Rothberg told Bloomberg Newss on Thursday. Simon & Schuster has published a number of titles by other rappers, including 50 Cent's autobiography, a series of books by 50, based on his rhymes, and others by members of G-Unit.

A lawyer for Foxy Brown and Kim's spokesperson could not be reached for comment at press time.

Lil Wayne is also being sued for allegedly sampling songs without permission or proper credit. On Thursday, Abkco Music Inc., a musical publishing company that owns the rights to the Rolling Stones' classic "Play With Fire," filed suit against Weezy not for using an unauthorized sample, but for what it said was an unauthorized release of an altered version of the song.
According to a Reuters report, the lawsuit, filed in federal court in New York, charges copyright infringement and unfair competition and is seeking unspecified damages. The issue is over a profanity-laced bonus track from Weezy's album Tha Carter III, called "Playing With Fire," which does not list any samples in its credits. In the song's chorus, blues belter Betty Wright growls the line, "But you can't blame me if I set this stage on fire," which has similar wording to the Stones tune's chorus: "But don't play with me/ 'Cause you're playing with fire." Wright sings the line with a different cadence and emphasis than Stones singer Mick Jagger. The company also says in the suit that Wayne's version uses "explicit, sexist and offensive language" and might lead the public to believe the company and the Stones approved of and authorized the new version.

A spokesperson for Wayne could not be reached for comment at press time. Why is the spokesperson never available???


numbear1frmbu said...

IDK abt all that legal stuff. What I do know is Lil Wayne's stylist should be fired for that jacket and 12 pair of boxers.

2fly4u said...

And that belt buckle! Actually, ALL of it!

J-Rock said...

Lil Wayne never could dress. He can rap his ass off but not dress.

Marcus said...

nice pic of kim..she looking like..bitch fuck with me if u want