Yung Renzel went to Twitter this week to hype up his big legal win.
— Yung Rénzél (@RickRoss) October 4, 2018
Earlier in the week, reports emerged about Ross not having to worry about Fif suing him for remixing his “In Da Club” smash.
Today, attorney Leron Rogers, partner, Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP, announced that in a sealed, federal court summary judgement order (No. 3:17-cv-00550-WWE), that his client, William Leonard Roberts, II, a.k.a. Rick Ross, was exonerated of wrongdoing in a mixtape right of publicity lawsuit brought by Curtis James Jackson, III, a.k.a. 50 Cent, in 2015. A case of first impression, United States District Court of Connecticut Senior U.S. District Judge Warren Eginton clarified the use of sampled music in Mixtapes.
Ultimately, 50 not owning the “In Da Club” master may have determined his fate.
At the core of the case brought by 50 Cent was his claim to rights related to the 2003 Billboard topping song, “In Da Club.” Seeking millions of dollars in damages and an injunction barring the use of any trademarks and work product he created or produced, 50 Cent claimed that Rick Ross unlawfully used 50 Cent’s name and identity in his 2015 “Renzel Remixes” mixtape. But, according to the ruling, as he does not own the copyright to “In Da Club,” its master, nor does he have a right to claim to licensing for his name or voice in the recording—all are owned by Shady/Aftermath Records—his claim was dismissed as without merit.
In late 2015, 50 went at Ricky Rozay to the tune of $2 million for featuring the remix on his Renzel Remixes mixtape.
According to the lawsuit, Ross utilized the instrumental and title of “In Da Club” for his project, to which Fifty claims that Rozay illegitimately used his identity to promote and sell his current studio album Black Market. According to the suit, Fifty’s lawyers are seeking “$2 million in damages and an injunction barring the use of any trademarks or work product created or produced by 50 Cent,” per the WSJ. (VIBE)
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