Musician 50 Cent has successfully fended off a copyright lawsuit with regard to his 2007 hit “I Get Money”.
50 Cent, in real life known as Curtis Jackson, released his song “I Get Money” in 2007. The song includes a beat created in 2006 by music producer William Stanberry.
In 2006 Stanberry cut agreed a deal with another person, Simmons, who become the exclusive licensee of the beat. 50 Cent expressed an interest in using the beat and approached Stanberry, who agreed that he could use it. Stanberry merely informed Simmons in an email that Simmons “no longer had exclusive (or any) rights to the beat”.
That’s when, in 2010, Simmons sued 50 Cent and Stanberry for copyright infringement: “Because Simmons was aware of the alleged dispute over the right to use the beat and of the alleged infringement of Simmons’s rights, and yet waited more than three years to file suit, we affirm the district court’s conclusion that Simmons’s suit is time-barred,” the court stated.
In the end, it is still 50 Cent who gets the money.
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