If you’ve been watching Real Housewives of Atlanta for the last few seasons, you know that Kandi Burruss wrote a track entitled “Tardy for the Party,” which she allowed her co-star Kim Zolciak to record. Despite the song’s surprising popularity, in a October 2010 Bravo TV blog post, Kandi discussed never being properly compensated for the work that she put into the track.
“I hardly got anything from ‘Tardy for the Party.’ That is the truth,” Burruss wrote.
“I am not mad about it. I really blame myself because I didn’t handle my business correctly,” she continued.
During one reunion show, Kandi expressed that she no longer wished to discuss the money that Kim owed her, but she appears to have experienced a change of heart. Yesterday the 36-year-old Georgia peach filed a lawsuit with Atlanta courts against Zolciak on the grounds of copyright infringement, reports Radar Online. As if that isn’t interesting enough, we hear that Kandi’s RHOA co-star Phaedra Parks will be acting as her legal representation.
According to court documents, the lawsuit claims that Kim commercially marketed, distributed and sold the single without receiving consent or authorization from Burruss. A portion of the filed complaint reads:
“Without Plaintiffs’ authorization, license or consent, Plaintiffs’ Sound Recording embodying a performance of Plaintiffs’ Composition was commercially released as a single record… on or around, September 29, 2009 by Defendant TuneCore in agreement with Defendant Zolciak.”
“Defendants marketed and sold the Infringing Single in various formats (e.g., compact disc, downloadable audio track, DVD, etc) and through various websites, all without Plaintiffs’ license, consent or authorization.”
Burruss is seeking attorney fees, punitive damages, an “accurate accounting” of the money that Zolciak earned from the sale of “Tardy for the Party” and a jury trial. She is also requesting that a temporary freeze be immediately put on the song, preventing it from being sold or distributed and “destruction of all copies of the Infringing Single and any other product of Defendants that infringe Plaintiffs copyrights.”
Zolciak claims that Kandi’s suit is nothing but a dirty publicity stunt.
“This is nothing short of a publicity stunt, I find this lawsuit funny yet sad. Coming after me now and this song is 4 years old? I have in fact overpaid Kandi and have documents to prove it and my legal team will handle this accordingly,” she said in an interview with Too Fab.
What do you think of Kandi waiting so long to take legal action against Kim?