Rapper Birdman Alleged for Copyright Infringement

Fri, 04 January 2008 23:47:59 ET

The New Orleans native and the record label he co-founded, Cash Money Records, have been sued for allegedly sampling other artists' music without paying the appropriate licensing fees.
Trouble continued to afflict New Orleans-based rapper . Previously got arrested for drugs possessions, the Hip-Hop star, along with his record label Cash Money Records, is now facing lawsuit accusing he and the company have sampled other artists' music without paying the appropriate licensing fees.

Filed in U.S. District Court in New Orleans, the papers cited copyright infringement and breach of contract while stating that Birdman owes an unspecified amount of money for the use of copyrighted song. The suit further claimed that music on albums by the 38-year-old, Lil' Wayne, and Big Tymers contain copyrighted material that Cash Money used without licensing agreements as well as paying royalties.

Plaintiffs are revealed to be a number of music publishing companies that include WB Music Corp., Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp., Cotillion Music Inc., and Noontime Tunes. All of them complained that Birdman and brother Ronald Williams as the founders of Cash Money have failed to provide them with "appropriate accounting" to show how much more money they owed though the two already made a single payment of $400,000.

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