28 C
Accra
Monday, September 28, 2020
No menu items!

Jay-Z sues Australian retailer over use of his name and lyrics

Must Read

Contempt Case: Kennedy Agyapong fails to appear in Court citing COVID-19 complications

Member of  Parliament for Assin Central, Kennedy Agyapong,  Monday did not appear before court for the continuation of the...

President Akufo-Addo begins tour of Ashanti region

President Akufo-Addo is in the Ashanti Region on a three-day visit to inspect ongoing projects. He is to cut the...

Security Analyst calls for UN document which gives Secessionists power to become Independent after 50 years

Security Analyst, Colonel Festus Aboagye says the State needs to do more to nib in the bud activities of...

American hip-hop artist Jay-Z has filed a lawsuit against a small Australian retailer over the use of his name and lyrics in its products.

The Little Homie is an online retailer selling “hip-hop inspired” clothing and books.

The artist, whose real name is Shawn Carter, claims the firm has breached his intellectual property, including in a children’s book titled AB to Jay-Z.

The book draws on lyrics from his hit song 99 Problems.

An advertisement for AB to Jay-Z reads: “If you’re having alphabet problems I feel bad for you son, I got 99 problems but my ABC’s ain’t one!”

The song lyrics are also referenced on the back cover of the book, which teaches letters by referring to the names of other famous rappers including Snoop Dogg and Biggie Smalls.

The Little Homie did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Mr Carter filed the lawsuit with the Federal Court of Australia on 22 November.

It claims the company traded on his likeness and infringed the copyright of the lyrics to 99 Problems, according to the Australian newspaper The Age.

The Age reported that Mr Carter’s lawyers requested the retailer stop selling the products in 2018, but the situation remained unresolved.

It said the business continued to “deliberately and knowingly” use his likeness in a “flagrant, glaring” way.

Mr Carter’s lawyers also did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

SourceBBC

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Latest News

Contempt Case: Kennedy Agyapong fails to appear in Court citing COVID-19 complications

Member of  Parliament for Assin Central, Kennedy Agyapong,  Monday did not appear before court for the continuation of the...

President Akufo-Addo begins tour of Ashanti region

President Akufo-Addo is in the Ashanti Region on a three-day visit to inspect ongoing projects. He is to cut the sod for construction of new...

Security Analyst calls for UN document which gives Secessionists power to become Independent after 50 years

Security Analyst, Colonel Festus Aboagye says the State needs to do more to nib in the bud activities of the secessionists. Colonel Aboagye emphasised that...

New West Africa currency ‘delayed for five years’

A plan to launch a new currency to replace the CFA franc used by several countries in West Africa may not happen for at...

Ghana joins world to commemorate World Rabies Day today

Ghana joins the global community to commemorate World Rabies Day today. The day is dedicated to education, awareness creation, and action that needs to be...

More Articles Like This