Birdman Sued For Copyright Infringement
January 7, 2008 at 5:41 AM (PT)
Rapper BRYAN "BIRDMAN" WILLIAMS and his brother, RONALD, co-founders of CASH MONEY RECORDS, which has a distribution and marketing deal with UNIVERSAL, have been sued in federal court for allegedly sampling other artist's songs without paying the proper licensing fees. The lawsuit filed OCTOBER 29th in U.S. District Court in NEW ORLEANS accuses the siblings of breach of contract and copyright infringement and seeks unspecified damages, plus interest and attorneys' fees.
Without naming any of the tunes, the lawsuit claims that albums by BIRDMAN, LIL WAYNE, BIG TYMERS and other artists contain copyrighted material that CASH MONEY RECORDS used without licensing agreements and without paying royalties.
The companies named as plaintiffs are WB MUSIC CORP., WARNER-TAMERLANE PUBLISHING CORP., COTILLION MUSIC INC., NOONTIME TUNES AND W.B.M. MUSIC CORP and WARNER-CHAPPELL MUSIC reports AP.