Strangely, rapper The Game’s name has been brought up in a copyright infringement lawsuit between Sony/ATV and a 1970′s/1980′s rock group.
Donnie Iris and two others associated with the rock group, The Jaggerz, have filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court of Pittsburgh. The lawsuit claims that their song “Memoirs of a Traveler” was sampled in the song “Letter to the King”, which was included on The Game’s 2008 album LAX. Iris, his co-writer Eugene “Benny” Faiella, and the estate of their former manager Joseph V. Rock are claiming that there are a substantial amount of unpaid royalties not accounted for. Thus, they are suing Sony/ATV.
But why if The Game is signed to a different label?
The Game is signed to Geffen/Universal. However, the label says that the royalties from the song were paid to EMI Publishing Company. Unfortunately, the lawsuit states that EMI never passed the money on to the plaintiffs. Plus, Sony bought out EMI in June 2012. This is why Sony is being sued.
The plaintiffs also claim that they have tried several times to settle this issue out of court. But, since January 2013, they believe Sony hasn’t made any real effort to pay them, even after being sent several correspondences throughout the year.
The guys are simply tired of waiting. Therefore, a lawsuit was filed last Wednesday. The amount the songwriters are suing for are unknown.
This week, we updated you all on information regarding a lawsuit involving Gucci Mane and his 1017 record label. The Atlanta rapper filed paperwork accusing his former manager, Debra Antney and son/rapper Waka Flocka Flame of racketeering, fraud, and theft. Additional associates of the label were also named in the lawsuit.
Specifically Debra Antney, who was there from the beginning and has held Gucci down for many years, was shocked by the allegations. Thus, she wasted no time in releasing an official statement. Spotted at StraightFromTheA.com, Debra’s statement does not touch on the accusations of theft and fraud. But, her letter does however talk about their complex relationship and why she’ll always have love for Gucci.
“I’ve done a lot for the artists that I’ve represented, both past and present. I’ve not only helped and encouraged them in their professional lives, but in their personal lives as well. What people only hear is the negative. People love and feed off of drama. That’s nothing new, and unfortunately, I’m used to it. What no one talks about is how I was there for them, often times when no one else was.
I refuse to use any platform to address negative issues. Let it be known, that I will never speak bad about any artist I’ve worked with. When I work with someone, I really throw myself into their success. They are never clients to me, they are family. Everyone who works for me only works for me on paper. In my office, it’s a family affair. And that goes deeper than rap…deeper than music…deeper than business. Employees and artists know that.
So it confuses me how someone can attack me or come for me when I’ve done so much for them. But that’s the nature of this business. That’s why some people say don’t mix business with pleasure. Unfortunately for me, I never mastered that concept. I’m personable with everyone and my loyalty is to a fault. I won’t apologize for that; it’s who I am and it’s what allows me to be passionate about the projects I pursue.
This situation with Gucci is hard for me to accept. I have a history with him that only he and I can truly know the value of, and I have a love for him that money can’t buy. Gucci and I have been through it all together. Our struggle gave us a relationship that is unbreakable. Even through this, I stand by him. Our history is a strong one, so this is very tough. That’s all I think I’ll say on Gucci, specifically, because I still hold him close to my heart, I’m still rooting for him, and I still value our bond. If he called me today and he needed me, I’d be there. I’d cuss him out, but I’d be there. Because that’s family, and that’s what family does.
A lot of the people in my circle started from the bottom. We’ve all come a very long way. Some have left, and some are still here. We’ve fought, and we’ve celebrated. We’ve messed up, and we’ve learned. I’m still learning and I’m still building my empire. In whatever people want to do in their life, I wish everyone success, personal joy and fulfillment. I hope they wish the same for me. I won’t concern myself with those who don’t.”
It’s unfortunate that the label and relationships are being destroyed by this. When people who’s invested blood, sweat, and tears into building a company and a brand, there’s always a finger pointed at someone when they start to collapse. From a business perspective, at this time, the only thing all parties can do is lawyer up and hope for the best.
What Are Your Feelings About This Lawsuit?
Photo Credit: Power 105.1FM
Gucci Mane Files Lawsuit Against Waka Flocka, Deb Antney, Zaytoven & Others for Fraud & Racketeering
Radric Davis also known as “Gucci Mane” has filed a lawsuit against his former manager and artist. Besides Jaquin “Waka Flocka Flame” Malphurs and Debra Antney, the lawsuit also names other talents associated with his 1017 Records, LLC. His longtime producer pal Xavier “Zaytoven” Dodson, Otis “OJ da Juiceman” Jones, Jr., and Khia Stone are the other defendants named in the lawsuit.
The news comes a month or so after being jailed for violation of probation. The incident that landed him in jail occurred shortly after a public out-lash against several of his music peers on Twitter. He later blamed the outburst on his drug addiction and a former manager for the not-so -politically correct tweets.
The feud between Gucci Mane and his artist Waka Flocka has been ongoing for quite some time. He announced that he was dropping Waka from his label and that any other label can buy him for $1 million. So, this new lawsuit isn’t really a surprise.
According to AJC…
The lawsuit claims that Antney took control of the company and along with Malphurs and Stone spawned at least three separate companies without Davis’ consent and, for Malphurs, in direct violation of his artist’s contract.
The complaint claims that Antney stole a ring and necklace from Davis, failed to report tax information on her income, and seized control of his money and assets and used them for herself.
The lawsuit also accuses her of fraudulently inflating the costs of certain record label expenses and using the excess for personal gain.
The group withheld payments and royalties from Davis and Armour as well as records and information about the business of the company, the lawsuit alleges.
“Defendants’ misrepresentations and omissions were made with the intent that plaintiffs rely upon them,” the lawsuit reads. “The plaintiffs relied on the representations and would not have entrusted (the) defendants with their careers and livelihoods otherwise.”
Story still developing…
A settlement has finally been reached between the nations largest bank and the U.S. Department of Justice. After months of investigation into the seedy dealings of toxic loans, J. P. Morgan Chase admits that their practices were unlawful and plans to fork over $13 billion. Of the settlement, $4 billion will aid in the relief of suffering homeowners.
“Without a doubt, the conduct uncovered in this investigation helped sow the seeds of the mortgage meltdown,” Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement. “J.P. Morgan was not the only financial institution during this period to knowingly bundle toxic loans and sell them to unsuspecting investors, but that is no excuse for the firm’s behavior.”
In an official statement, the Dept. of Justice says that J. P. Morgan Chase acknowledged the fact that it told investors that mortgage securities were in compliance with underwriting policies, when in fact bank employees knew that the loans did not comply. Therefore, the $4 billion in aid and its particulars were decided upon by the Dept of Justice and the Dept. of Housing and Urban Development. Their negotiations ended with the following distributed payout:
- $3.2 billion towards the write-down of principle amounts of J.P. Morgan Chase held loans.
- Up to $500 million towards mortgage “forbearance” – the restructuring of home loans in order to reduce monthly payments.
- Additional $2 billion will go toward ”new mortgage origination for low-and-moderate income borrowers and absorb the remaining principle owed on properties that have been vacated, but not yet foreclosed upon.”
It is expected that these mortgage fixes will be completed by the end of 2016.
Read full story HERE.
If you want to party hard with Justin Bieber, you better know how to keep your mouth shut.
According to several reports, Bieber has recently caught a lot of crap from people snitching on him. So, in effort to keep the snitching to a minimum, Bieber threw a big party at his Calabasus, California home and insisted that EVERYONE sign a confidentiality agreement. From the young chicks to the security guy, every person that step foot inside his party had to put down their John Hancock.
In the agreement, partygoers were asked to refrain from texting, tweeting, taking photos, video recording, etc. It is rumored that his $3 million sanction is actually much cheaper than what he has included in the “no snitching” contract in the past. Some say he’s threatened “talkers” with a $5 million sanction at once upon a time.
Regardless of the confidentiality agreement, it is being reported that the police were called out to Bieber’s crib at least three separate times during this most recent party. Neighbors complained about the excessive noise and lingering smell of marijuana.
No arrest were made, however, the police did issue Bieber a citation for disturbing the peace.
Pebbles interview with Wendy Williams last week proved that: 1) Pebbles indeed carried Chanel purses all the time as the TLC biopic reflected, 2) A gag order is preventing her from truly telling her side of the story, 3) She’s pissed off at VH1 too and has plans to take them to court, 4) Condones her daughter’s hatred against Chilli.
Everyone who has followed the TLC story for twenty years expected there to be some backlash from their former manager, but never to this extent. The portrayal of Pebbles in the VH1 biopic, “Crazy Sexy Cool: The TLC Story”, is all a bunch of lies according to the former label executive. She’s clearly on a mission to save what little bit of “good” reputation she has left by appearing on various media shows.
On “The Wendy Williams Show“, Pebbles was given the opportunity to appear and dispel any falsehoods shown in the film. Doing what Wendy is known for, she went straight in for the kill and asked Pebbles the questions that everyone wanted answers for. What Wendy and the viewers didn’t expect is that most of the questions asked would be shot down due to confidentiality agreements and gag orders. Pebbles, honestly, took up air time for no reason at all. Why was she even on the show if she couldn’t directly answer the questions??
Anyway, after the interview, Chilli and T-Boz quickly rebutted some of the things Pebbles did reveal on Wendy’s show. First, the girls released an official statement in denial of the Pebbles allegations that Chilli and L.A. Reid had a sexual encounter back in the day.
“No member of TLC ever slept with or had sexual contact with LA Reid as Perri falsely accused Chilli of on “The Wendy Williams Show.” In fact, Perri had falsely allege the same thing happened with Tionne.”
Pebbles also denied that she solely made the decision to kick Chilli out the group. And that, in fact, it was T-Boz and Left-Eye who decided that they wanted Chilli out because of her constant fraternizing with the “help” [Dallas Austin].
“I would like to confirm that Perri Reid was the only person who ever suggested that Chilli leave TLC. Neither Lisa nor I ever wanted or suggested that.”
At this point, no one knows who is speaking the truth or not. The only thing that we can confirm is that the movie is based on Chilli and T-Boz’s recounts of their past. The film was presented as their “truth”, so how can anyone dispute that.
The pending legal actions against the girls and VH1 is all talk until proved otherwise. If we believe Pebbles, however, she is going to sue so that she can clear her name and make some extra cash while doing it. And that’s not it! During her sit down with Wendy, she stated that she’s working on a book and certain things will be spelled out in detail on what happened between her, TLC and L.A. Reid.
SMH…the saga continues.
Earlier in October, we informed you of an ongoing investigation and lawsuit against billionaire Mark Cuban. [READ: Billionaire Mark Cuban's In Hot Water; May Face Fines Up to $3Million for Insider-Trading Violation]
Well, the case is finally over and Cuban can now go home with one less thing to worry about. Cuban was found not guilty of insider trading by a Texas jury in mid-October.
Cuban has always stated that he was innocent. The only reason he said he sold his shares of Mamma.com was because of a shady stock broker and word that the company was going private. The SEC wasn’t quite sold on Cuban’s reasoning. Thus, the SEC filed a lawsuit against him in 2004 and then again in 2010 after the original verdict was overturned. Cuban says although the news of Mamma going private did prompt him to sell his shares. But, he insisted that the word didn’t come from Faure, but from potential investors.
Once the not guilty verdict was announced, Cuban took the time to blast Jane Folena, prosecutor for the SEC.
“Jan Folena, who represents the United States of America, stood up there and lied,” Cuban told reporters outside the court. He continued, “I’m the luckiest guy in the world and I’m glad I could stand up to them.”
Alrighty then Cuban! Say it with your chest! *in Kevin Hart’s voice*
Spike Lee Being Sued for $1.2 Million for “Stupid” Trayvon Martin Tweet + ‘Next Chapter’ Episode w/Oprah [Video]
Film director, Spike Lee, is in the news again. This time for a costly backlash surrounding a tweet sent out to millions regarding the Trayvon Martin situation.
An elderly couple in Florida says they experienced a lot of hate mail and unwanted media attention because of Spike Lee. Elaine and David McClain claims in their lawsuit that Spike’s tweet included their home address. Spike’s tweet was based off of the address information that one of his followers tweeted, which he assumed was the address of George Zimmerman. However, Mrs. McClain says that address was in fact theirs and someone confused the two because she has a son who’s last name is Zimmerman and middle name is George. Strange coincidence, right?
Well, although Spike and the couple originally reached a settlement agreement of $10,000 back in 2012, the McClain’s lawyer insists that the hate mail, emails, and an ongoing media presence outside of their home. Therefore, an apology at this point is simply not enough. Court documents details their reason for the lawsuit.
“As the legal, proximate and direct result of Defendant’s negligence, gross negligence, recklessness, conscious indifference, and/or willfulness, plaintiffs were required to temporarily relocate,” reads the court filing. (via Smoking Gun)
Although the court documents didn’t list a specific amount in which they seek. But it is believed that the nature of this case could end up costing Spike Lee up to $1.2 million.
During Spike’s sit down with Oprah Winfrey on Sunday night’s episode of the”Next Chapter”, he vaguely talked about the case but knows that his actions were “stupid”.
“I don’t know what my intention was,” Lee told Winfrey. “But angry is not a justification for stupidity.
“There’s nothing I can say that can defend what I did. It was stupid.”
Watch Spike Lee’s response to Oprah about the tweet below:
Source: NY Daily News/Oprah.com
Even after a week it aired, the TLC story is still ringing bells throughout the media world.
After stating her peace via Twitter the day before (and after) the movie aired, Pebbles has now released an official statement. The statement summarizes how she ultimately felt about her portrayal in the film. Pebbles claims that none of the character traits shown in the TLC story were true. Therefore, she’s in the process of filing a lawsuit against Chilli, T-Boz and VH1 on the basis of defamation.
First I want to thank all of you for the well wishes and prayers. I apologize for the delay in responding to the movie, but I wanted to gather my thoughts. I have always been a private person and this unprovoked attack has been extremely upsetting to me and my family. I have needed time to spend with my family and for personal reflection.
The movie contains many false and defamatory statements and scenes about me. Please know that I have never cheated or mislead anyone. I will defend my reputation, accomplishments, and character. My attorney is in the process of demanding a retraction of the false and defamatory statements and scenes about me from VH1.
My silence has empowered individuals looking for a payday at my expense. I have held my peace for 20 years and it’s time the truth comes out. I will be sharing my story in the appropriate venue at the appropriate time. With all my heart I thank you for your faithful support.
I am extremely proud of the success and massive accomplishments of TLC—the group I discovered, managed, and mentored. I helped push open doors for TLC and other women in this male dominated industry. My sacrifices ultimately opened the door for not only a new wave of female performers in this industry but also a new generation of female executives. That backdrop makes the movie extremely personally upsetting to me.
Many speculate that Pebbles real encourgement for filing a lawsuit is due to money. After being portrayed as a selfish, mean, and greedy b–ch on the movie, a lawsuit continues to shine a poor light on her character. Also to add fuel to the fire, she has also been quoted to have said she’s suing Left-Eye too. SMH. Even if she’s owed money from Left-Eye’s estate, the fact that she’s suing a deceased person is plain old foul.
Could T-Boz and Chilli’s portrayal of Pebbles be a lie? None of us really know the truth because we were not there. But the girls accusations against Pebbles and L.A. Reid isn’t nothing we haven’t heard already. TLC has been talking about their unfair dealings for years. So, it is strange how Pebbles chose this moment to sue them? And let’s not forget poor Toni Braxton. She got screwed over for millions while being a top-selling female R&B artist signed to LaFace Records. We can’t possibly forget that!
So who’s lying here? Or who simply just can’t fathom having their image destroyed by a single movie?
Word spread quickly after a Billboard interview leaked of Future making some not-so-nice statements about Drake‘s music. Drake quickly caught the shade and reacted by kicking Future off of his Would You Like A Tour? tour dates. With the tour to start on October 18, Future’s attorneys sprung into action and stated that he would sue Drake. The potential loss of wages that Future would miss out on making $40,000 a show, which totaled an estimated $1.5 million.
But remember, salt has been pouring on this friendship for a minute. Back when Future blew up off of his hit “Tony Montana”, Drake was featured on the song. After Drake decided to not show up to the video shoot, Future felt like that was a slap in the face. Future later spoke about the issue and brushed it off as just how the industry works (especially for an new artist on his way to stardom). Was Future a little too honest in the Billboard interview? Or was it an misinterpretation by the writer? No matter what, Drake took as a jab and wanted no parts of the Atlanta rapper.
Well…word got out that the guys (or their attorneys) has hashed things out. Future release an official statement on Thursday stating that he WILL be apart of the tour.
“I am set to continue as planned with Drake and Miguel on the “Would You Like A Tour?” tour slated to begin on October 18th in Pittsburgh, PA. I’m looking forward to hitting the road this fall. Love4Life Honest.”
The statement is vague in that he didn’t reveal whether or not the actual lawsuit was still pending. But, I guess we can assume that it’s a wash and Future and Drake has reached an amicable agreement.
Good news. At the end of the day, it is all about the fans. So give the fans what they want (and what they paid for)!
For anyone who thought the airing of the new TLC biopoic was going to premiere without a little controversy surrounding it, you were sadly mistaken. One of the most talked about stories in music history, the rise and downfall of the group TLC, is finally being told. But, there’s one person who is trying to put a stop to it.
TLC’s founder, Pebbles, caught wind of the movie and its content and is very upset at how she’s being portrayed. In a recent interview on Power 105.1′s Breakfast Club, T-Boz and Chilli were asked about certain scenes in the movie and confirmed whether or not Pebble’s character was exaggerated a little bit.
She did do some good for us, she taught us some things, she put us together, but then there’s always times when you work with people there’s always things that your never going to agree with and you don’t like their ways and people part so I didn’t think she got over that.
Chilli encountered a lot of hate from Pebbles. At one point, Pebbles kicked her out the group for being pregnant. She stated:
I didnt want to become a mother too soon, so teen pregnancy didnt happen or anything like that but when I did get pregnant and Pebbles kicked me out the group and then put me back in the group, I was scared and a lot of different emotions that made it hard to do what i did because i wanted it so bad.
Pebbles has since seen the Breakfast Club interview and quickly aired out her disgust via Twitter. Her claim is that they all played a part in this and she shouldn’t be the person to get slandered. Thus, she’s rounding up her team of attorneys and vows to sue the T-Boz, Chilli, and the network.
I’m NOT here to promote something I put on the MAP and yet have been disrespected by because of more reasons than one! Lawyers on deck????…I would say being lied on 4 as long &trying to continue to is sadder. But,the continued slander from all will help prove just what was done….Thank you love. It’s not good what they played a part of but it will be dealt with now that the slander continues. TLC without me? No way.??…
I am in shock listening to all this mess and lies on this radio interview!!This is madness!!! It’s SO hard to believe this! DO NOT believe…Love you guys. Not going to comment about this anymore on here UN officially. Dealing with this though. #??….
Damn…this is about to get real ugly.
In case you missed TLC on the Breakfast Club, here are the three-part interview. Part 1 discussed the Pebbles issue.
The Atlanta-based Home Depot Company is under a little public scrutiny. A 25 year former employer claims that his separation from the company was forced because he was gay.
Lex Housh, a former store manager in San Diego, California, has filed a lawsuit against Home Depot for sexual harassment and discrimination. In his lawsuit, Housh says that his firing was part of a bigger plot to get rid of homosexual employees in order to cut company costs. In 2008, the recession hit many companies very hard. One way that companies streamlined operations to seek savings was to conduct a reorganization. Re-orgs, of course, consists of chopping down the workforce. Housh believes part of the re-org was to cut health benefits for gays. He claims that Home Depot didn’t want to have to pay the huge cost associated with insuring employees that could potentially catch HIV/AIDS. Thus, homosexuals unfortunately fit the description.
As part of the plot, Housh says he soon began receiving an on-slide of erroneous performance write-ups, which ultimately led up to his dismissal.
The 57 year old also states in his lawsuit that he encountered unsolicited sexual ridicule. Once his manager found out that he was gay, Housh began to receive sexually explicit photographs from other managers.
Housh is seeking $100,000 in damages.
Representatives for Home Depot has not made a public statement.
Remember M.I.A.’s performance during the Super Bowl halftime in 2012?? Well, despite her performance being good and alongside a pop icon Madonna, just like Janet Jackson’s infamous nip slip, M.I.A. is now being penalized by the National Football League.
The NFL has apparently suing the singer for $1.5 million for her middle finger hand gesture made during that performance. They claimed that M.I.A. was in breech of contract by flipping the finger which wasn’t a good look for the NFL and the 167 million viewers who were watching.
Of course, this didn’t sit too well with the outspoken artist. M.I.A. recorded a Youtube video to explain her disgust with the entire situation. Check out what she had to say…
“The NFL thing is completely ridiculous. It’s been making me laugh for a while, but now it’s so boring, I don’t even laugh anymore.
Now they’re scapegoating me into figuring out the goal posts on what is offensive in America. Is my finger offensive or is an underage black girl with her legs wide open more offensive to the family audience?”
DO YOU THINK THE NFL IS GOING OVERBOARD WITH THIS LAWSUIT?
Jermaine Dupri is knee deep in debt apparently. According to the AJC, Dupri and Suntrust Bank is battling it out in courts regarding an outstanding loan. The bank claims Dupri owes over $1 million but is now being counter-sued for changing the loan payment agreement.
Dupri filed a response in Fulton County Superior Court this week to the suit filed by SunTrust in May. He is seeking at least $216,000 in damages and attorneys fees.
Dupri said that as part of a 2009 loan, SunTrust had agreed to use 25 percent of proceeds from music royalties to pay taxes owed to Georgia and the Internal Revenue Service, but the bank failed to make the payments.
Dupri claims that in 2010, SunTrust changed terms of the loan to remove the provision requiring that it make the tax payments.
In SunTrust’s lawsuit, filed in May, the bank alleges the Grammy winner was in default and still owes money toward the $4.9 million loan from 2010. The loan is backed by copyrighted music owned by Dupri, So So Def and other businesses, as well as a building on Briarwood Court in DeKalb County that houses two recording studios.
In his counterclaim, which accuses SunTrust of fraud and breach of contract, Dupri said terms of the 2010 loan changed what were originally variable payments, due to the unpredictability of royalties from EMI Music Publishing, to higher fixed payments. A loan that originally was not in default, the producer said, soon became in default because new payments due “were not based on realistic projections of Dupri’s income.”
Read full article here…
In a previous article [HERE], we informed our readers of the lawsuit pending against the filmmakers of the Oscar-worthy ‘The Butler’. Well, a final decision is forthcoming which requests that the title be changed a little bit.
The film, which is based off of the true story about Cecil Gaines and his 34-year career as the head butler in the White House, should soon be granted to opportunity to begin its fully revamped promo run. The Motion Picture Association of America overruled a previous ruling given to the Warner Brothers Co. The Weinstein Company was ordered to not use the original title ‘The Butler’, but instead could use add additional verbiage like “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” or “The White House Butler”. Also, the MPAA has ordered them to use the same size font throughout the full title (ex. “LEE DANIELS’ THE BUTLER” not “Lee Daniels’ THE BUTLER”).
The Weinstein Company has submitted their two choices to the MPAA and will soon announce the new name. However, if they decide to not comply with the ruling, the Weinstein Company will face some harsh financial penalties.
The MPAA faulted The Weinstein Company for “continuous use of the unregistered title ‘The Butler’ in willful violation of the TRB rules” and said the company is “permanently prohibited from any use of the title.” The Weinstein Company will have to pay $400,000 to the Entertainment Industry Foundation for its violations, an additional $100,000 to the EIF and pay up to $150,000 to Warner Bros. for legal fees. (via Eurweb)
Until the final ruling and title is set in stone, the Weinstein Company is not allowed to use the title in any marketing materials. If they do, they will face a fine of $25,000 per day.
The film stars Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, Jane Fonda, Robin Williams, and other big name actors. It is scheduled to hit theaters on August 16, 2013.
If this isn’t the most interesting thing I’ve read today. There’s a lot to learn also from this story. So, pay close attention…
Apparently, there’s a women currently in an all out battle with Viacom and the BET Network over a Facebook fan page she created for the hit show “The Game.” Stacey Mattocks, an insurance agent, created the page in 2008 when the show was still on the CW. The Facebook page she created ended up being one of the vital tools that helped the show get back on the air, after it was canceled by the CW. At the time, Mattocks says that her page had about 750,000 likes when BET began their promotional run about the new season. During this time, Mattocks said the page then received about 100,000 new likes per week. Because of the shows popularity, the network knew that the Facebook page played a huge part in securing the 7.7 million viewers who tuned in to watch ‘The Game’ premiere. The Facebook page had reach over 3 million likes. So, BET offered to give Mattocks a job as a social media freelancer. Her salary would be $30 a hour.
“BET was searching for a more ‘permanent’ way to capitalize on the FB Page and Mattocks’ efforts,” says the lawsuit. “Therefore, on December 15, 2010, BET submitted a proposed contract to Mattocks that would have paid her a maximum of $85,000.00 over a one year period. Mattocks declined this offer because it was unreasonably low, would have stripped her of all rights to the FB Page, and, moreover, could have been terminated at any point by BET, with or without cause.”
Since Mattocks refused their second offer, BET continued to try to persuade her to hand over the rights to the page. She says she was taken out on expensive dinners, flown to Los Angeles, invited to red carpet events, and even attended the premier party. She was even credited to have played a part of the show’s success in newspaper and magazine articles. At one point, BET tried to create their own page but they didn’t get as many “likes” or ”followers” as Mattocks. BET eventually offered her a third offer in which she also refused.
By August 2012, Mattocks page had 6.2 million likes. BET tried to have the page deleted. Then the network asked for administrative rights so that they too could also control the page. BET sent her a cease-and-desist letter and also tried to have her page completely shut down. Mattocks claims that her page was bringing in some substantial income.
The removal of the Facebook page caused Mattocks to lose income, she says. At the time, she had worked out a deal with some company called Sulia that paid her about $2,000 to $3,000 per week, plus $300-$500 in sponsored posts. She says she also got money from Google AdSense and for Amazon referrals.
Therefore, Mattocks struck back and hired an attorney. In her lawsuit, she alleges “that BET has committed tortious interference, breach of contract, breach of good faith and fair dealing and copyright infringement. The latter count is based on the allegation that BET copied elements from her Facebook page onto its own Facebook page.”
Mattocks case could become precedent because of the nature of the claims. Online content and who has the rights to its ownership, work-for-hire, if companies/networks can legally take control over fan-based pages, and more are all legal questions that will be answered in this case. This is the first I’ve ever heard of something like this. So, it will be interesting to see what the outcome will be.
Viacom nor BET has produced official statements as of yet.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The South Florida Business Journal is reporting that former NFL quarterback Daunte Culpepper recently forked over his $3.6 million home to Suntrust Bank. Culpepper’s 10,000 square foot home was in foreclosure. The court documents cited that he was$3 million in debt. To settle the debt, Culpepper handed over the property. The bank later dismissed the lawsuit.
Daunte Culpepper played for several teams throughout his career. He made his debut into the NFL in 1999 with the Minnesota Vikings. He then spent time with the Oakland Raiders, Detroit Lions, and finally the Miami Dolphins. The last team he played for was for the United Football League’s Sacramento Mountain Lions in 2010.
At one time, Culpepper was reportedly worth $30 million. Not sure where why this current financial problem exist. But, luckily he has a second home in the suburbs of Weston.
World’s number one female talk show host, Oprah Winfrey, and Golden Globe Award winner Forest Whitaker stars in the new film “The Butler” hitting theaters Aug 16. Winfrey and Whitaker play husband and wife as Mr. & Mrs. Gaines who are attempting to teach their son about respect, breaking down barriers and legendary actor Mr. Sidney Poitier. Whitaker character Mr. Gaines served as butler for several U.S presidents across decades.
The movie is unofficially said to already be a prospect for nominations for several awards, however, the movie title has caused a law dispute between Warner Bros. and The Weinstein Company.
The original movie title “The Butler” is a short film in the Warner Bros. library produced in 1916. Although similar movie titles are not uncommon in the movie industry, it is report that this isn’t the first title battle between the two companies. A judge recently found in favor of Warner Bros. for the name “The Butler.” Whatever The Weinstein Company decides to name the movie it is set to be a “hit” of epic historic proportion.
Written by Dameon Daniels, content writer for STACKS Magazine
Apparently, not everyone enjoys rap music. A rock band, Bloodstone, recently filed a lawsuit against T.I. and Kanye West for sampling their song without permission. The original song “I’m Just Doing My Job” was used on T.I.’s 2003 Trap Muzik album. Tip’s version “Doin My Job” was produced by Kanye West and contained the sample in its entirety. Bloodstone lawsuit claims that they were not made aware that Universal Music Enterprises granted T.I. the license to use the sample. The 3-member band also claims they have not received any money made from the millions of copies sold of the song. They are seeking punitive damages and are seeking an injunction on the song. (Source)
Rappers can wear the bling, but always seem to have a problem with paying for it. Case in point…Soulja Boy. An Atlanta jeweler is suing the rapper for an unpaid debt. Icebox Jewelry, located in the Buckhead area, claims Soulja Boy purchased several high-end peices from them in October 2011 for $45,144. Later he returned to have some of the peices repaired. The repairs costs him $15,726. But now, Soulja Boy is refusing the pay off the debt.
Could it be that the jewelry was faulty so he feels no need to pay? If so, this situation may be able to be straightened out. If not, Soulja Boy just pay off the debt and (or half of it) and move on. It’s not like you don’t have the money to do so.
I really like Allen Iverson. Heck, I even saw him recently at a local Atlanta strip club. He looked like he didn’t have a care in the world…throwing dollars and popping bottles. A friend of mine even passed him my business card. Although I know he may have tossed it, if him and I could sit down and chat, I think he would be my best interview yet. But until then, I have to write about him based off on news reports. Case in point, this news regarding his outstanding child support payments. It looks like A.I. may be headed to jail soon.
According to TMZ, his ex-wife Tawanna claims that Iverson has yet paid up on his ordered judgment. Back in January, the judge ordered the ex-NBA star to pay $8,000 per month for each of his five kids. Tawanna claims that Iverson has missed every payment thus far. So, the two are scheduled back in court this week. If the once multi-million dollar basketball star does not cough up $40,000 in court, he will most likely be escorted straight to jail.
SMH…I really do pray that Iverson get his sh*t together. Here in Atlanta, I guess it’s safe to say that he lives a somewhat low-key life. But, he parties a lot. Partying isn’t doing anything but making him lose track of what his true priorities are. I hope he doesn’t end up a real tragedy. Even it is playing ball overseas, I believe “one of the greatest of all time” can make a full transformation and become a better parent to his kids.
What are your opinions about Allen Iverson? What could be the deep rooted issue as to why he has so many financial issues?
A jump-off (aka mistress) scorned is one chick hard to get rid of. And NBA’s Stephon Marbury, unfortunately, had to learn the hard way.
In recent news reports, Thurayyah Mitchell filed another lawsuit against the NBA player for unpaid settlement of $331,584.50. In 2006, Mitchell made public their affair after he refused to cough up the rest of the hush money. The two met while she was his personal chef. After some time, the two became close friends and ultimately starting an intimate relationship. In order to keep Mitchell on mute about their relationship, Marbury issued her a written agreement promising that he would give her $900,000. Chef Mitchell remained silent for some time…that is until the money stop rolling in.
Now, Mitchell has taken Marbury back to court for the remaining owed to her. Marbury refused to agree to her claim but a judge sided with Mitchell and has ordered him to pay her the money plus interest. But instead of Marbury footing the bill, he has yet to pay anything. Therefore, Mitchell returned to court and has asked to have his assets seized. In particular, she’s offered him the option to turn over the keys to his high-priced luxury Mercedes and Range Rover in lieu of money.
SMH! The crazy thing is, at one point in time, LaTasha Marbury were in talks to join the cast of VH1′s Basketball Wives, but refused. Hmmm. With all of this going on, this sure would make for great TV!
It was all good just a week ago!
Apparently, a lot has changed in the past few months with the group Blackstreet. We all thought they were in the mist of making a comeback after a performance at Shanti Das’ “ATL On the Park” showcase. Well, a reunion may be at a halt now.
Chauncey Black has filed a lawsuit against Teddy Riley for name infringement. Black claims that Riley is promoting and doing tours using the group’s name “Blackstreet” without securing permission from him. You see, originally the name was registered and copyrighted by Teddy Riley. But after the copyright expired, Chauncey Black re-registered the name and is currently the owner of the “Blackstreet”. Some speculate that the lawsuit was filed because Black is not seeing any proceeds (money) from the tours. So, he is feeling a bit salty.
A representative of Riley told TMZ that the multi-platinum producer has no comment and the claims are frivolous and ridiculous.
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Lately, celebrities are extremely concerned with how their image is seen. One bad shot could potentially kill the brand. Earlier this year, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter demanded that blogs and news sites pull unflattering Super Bowl pictures of her from the their websites. Now, Rihanna is taking a stance.
According to Eurweb.com, Rihanna’s legal team has filed a claim against a UK department store for selling a t-shirt with her face on it. The store, Top Shop, is one of the UK’s leading retail sellers of clothing and other merchandise for the young and hip. However, the pop star is dissatisfied with the t-shirt and the quality. The lawsuit claims that the store used a “low quality” picture from her “We Found Love” video shoot. The quality of the shirts were quoted as “poor” and that this was “a product that would not have been authorized by the first claimant.”
Rihanna is seeking $5 million in the lawsuit.
Andrew Ro, former business manager of Lil Kim, is suing the Brooklyn rapper for $15 million.
According to TMZ, Ro has filed suit and claims that Lil Kim screwed up several lucrative licensing and endorsement deals. In August, the two entered a licensing agreement between Ro’s International Rock Star Corp and Lil Kim. When it was time to work, Ro alleges that Kim refused to participate in important business meetings if she wasn’t paid more money for her time. After Ro and his team completed the projects, like the perfume line, Kim refused to promote the product and eventually stopped taking calls.
Ro estimates that Kim’s lack of enthusiasm costs him approximately $15 million. Deals that were on the table for Lil Kim included the perfume line, clothing line, vodka drink, energy drink, a honey-maker, and even a Steve Madden shoe endorsement.
Andrew Ro’s attempt to sue derived from a cease-and-desist letter issued by Lil Kim’s attorneys. The letter claimed that Ro was getting her involved in bad licensing deals.
They say if it isn’t one thing, it’s another but in the case of Rick Ross it seems to be quite a few things trying to weigh the rapper down.
As if the death threats from gang members and the drive-by shooting that happened weren’t enough, Ross then found himself under fire for his lyrics on Rocko’s “U.O.E.N.O”. The mishap with his lyrics on the song which were eventually removed ultimately led to him losing his $5milliom Reebok endorsement.
Well now the Boss is being sued by Total Access Talent, a Miami-based talent agency for an estimated $170,000. Now while the amount appears to be a small thing compared to the giant that is Ross’ net worth, the notion of the MMG head honcho doing bad business can be damaging enough. According to suit, Total Access Talent claims that Ross failed to pay the 10% commission he agreed to pay the company to books shows for him in the Florida.
If what Total Access Talent claims is true, then Mr. Rozay should be ashamed and definitely needs to get some better business about his self. But I’m hoping it’s just a lack of communication, a misunderstanding or at least something totally understandable.
It seems like seizures aren’t the only problems constantly surfacing in Lil Wayne’s life.
According to reports, a Miami-based attorney recently was awarded a $1.2 million judgment against the YMCMB CEO. The monies awarded are to pay for the legal fees acquired by attorney David Goldstein. Goldstein represented plaintiffs who claimed that Lil Wayne didn’t properly execute a contract in place. The lawsuit was brought forth in Los Angeles and thus the original judgment of $2.2 million was awarded there. But, in a recent twist of events, Goldstein is now seeking that the judgment be moved to Miami, Florida.
Apparently, Lil Wayne or his company hasn’t paid any of the $3.4 million judgment. So, Goldstein is petitioning to have the suit domesticated to Miami-Dade county so that Weezy’s personal assets can be seized until full payment is made.
Goldstein has his sights on Lil Wayne’s sprawling $11.6 million mansion in the private community of La Gorce Island. In addition to rapper’s home, Goldstein also wants to seize the black Bugatti Veyron Wayne owns. Damn!
SMH…we’ll keep you posted as this story develops.
What this time you ask? Well according to a fan of Gucci’s named James Lettley, the rapper hit him in the head with a champagne bottle. As the story goes, during a night out celebrating his birthday at the Atl’s Harlem Nights Ultra Lounge, Lettley approached Gucci in the VIP section for a photo and his response was the “oops” upside Lettley’s head with the bottle. Lettley also claims that one of Gucci’s friends slapped him right after.
Well due to the incident being reported a warrant for Radric Davis aka Gucci Mane has been issued by the Atlanta Police Department. This issuance of the warrant was confirmed by Lt. Jeff Cantin of the APD who in a statement said, “We do have an active warrant for Mr. Davis for aggravated assault. So I’m sure after he sees this, I’m sure he’ll want to reach out and contact us.”
All I can do is SMH!
After her son posted a video on Youtube concerning his “father”, his mom, Pamela Y. Smith filed a paternity suit alleging that NBA legend Michael Jordan was her son’s father. Smith filed the suit here in Atlanta at the Fulton County Superior Court.
In a counter suit Jordan claimed otherwise by showing that Smith had previously claimed during her 2003 divorce case that her now ex-husband Glennville G. Reynolds was her son’s father.
Well after last week’s court hearing between both parties in which Jordan wasn’t present, it appears things have changed. Upon leaving the hearing, both parties agreed to return to court if the matter couldn’t be resolved free of a judge’s ruling.
After all was said and done or however it played out, somewhere between then and now, Ms. Smith has decided to drop the paternity suit. According to her attorney, the decision was made “in her son’s best interest.”
Now while the whole Jordan’s his daddy case suddenly appeared out of nowhere, it seems to be disappearing just as fast. Hmmmmm sniff sniff…do I smell a settlement? Let us know what you think in the comments!
Jazz singer Esperanza Spalding is next up to be on the chopping block for having to face a lawsuit. After winning two Grammys for her 2012 album Radio Music Society, she is now being sued for an image used on the album’s cover art.
The image at hand is the boom box which Esperanza sits upon on the album cover. The boombox is said to be a sculpture made by Ryan Humphrey which was designed by attaching several different pictures to a wooden box. The pictures were taken by photographer Kevin Ryan who says Esperanza was required to give him credit for the photos or to obtain photo licensing permission for the use of the pictures. According to Ryan, she failed to do so therefore causing him to sue to the tune of $500,000.
About having to go this route, Ryan says, “I love Esperanza and I love her music and actually, I like the image. But you wish people would have done their due diligence.”
If this is true, one has to wonder if it was not just easier to give the photographer credit or maybe even cheaper to acquire the photo licensing permission. Things that make you go hmmmmm. We’ll see how this turns out!