Now Who Runs This Town? Jay Z Hit With Copyright Infringement Suit Over Song

November 8, 2013  |  


Jay Z’s under fire from fans and civil rights advocates for not pulling out of his Barneys New York deal, he’s being investigated by the Major League Baseball Players Association for gifts he gave a player, and now he’s being sued for copyright infringement.

According to the New York Daily News, a copyright infringement lawsuit was filed in New York earlier this week against Jay Z over a sample in his single “Run This Town,” reports EUR.

TufAmerica Inc. says Jay Z illegally sampled the 1969 song “Hook & Sling,” by singer Eddie Bo and producer Al Scramuzza, for use on the 2009 single, which featured Rihanna and Kanye West.

TufAmerica is asking the court for proceeds from the song and damages to be determined at trial, plus a court order to cease “further distribution and exploitation” of the track, according to the Daily News.

Jay Z has been tied up in the courts lately–this is the third suit Jay Z and his label executives have recently been served. In March 2012, he and West agreed to a settlement with Syl Johnson over the use of samples from the song “Different Strokes” for their single “The Joy,” from the “Watch the Throne” album. And  Jay Z is still fighting a 2007 lawsuit with Osama Ahmed Fahmy over the sampling of “Khosara, Khosara” for his 2000 song “Big Pimpin’.” Sounds like he’s not running from anything but the law right now.

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