Lil Wayne Accused Of Copyright Infringement
July 25, 2008 at 5:30 AM (PT)
LIL WAYNE has been sued for allegedly releasing an altered version of a ROLLING STONES song without proper permission.
In a lawsuit filed in MANHATTAN THURSDAY, musical publishing company ABKCO MUSIC INC accused the rapper, his artistic collaborators and his record company -- a unit of UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP -- of copyright infringement and unfair competition.
The company alleges that LIL WAYNE's "Playing With Fire" was obviously derived from THE ROLLING STONES' song "Play With Fire," reports the ASSOCIATED PRESS.
The company also claims in the lawsuit that LIL WAYNE, whose real name is DWAYNE MICHAEL CARTER, uses "explicit, sexist and offensive language" that could lead the public to believe that THE ROLLING STONES approved of the rapper's version.