Specticast, a digital film distribution company, sued Drake in Los Angeles one day before it plans to release a concert film in 350 US theaters titled Drake’s Homecoming: The Lost Footage.
The performance was captured in Toronto in 2009 and it is said Drake’s performance at that particular concert propelled his musical career. Specticast says Drake authorized the film and is still a party in their contract. As a result, Drake will earn 15 percent of the profits the film receives. Despite this, a few days ago Drake announced on Twitter that the film was unauthorized.
Specticast believes Drake’s comments are defamatory because he did authorize and endorse the film.
The digital film company also noted their reputation has been damaged because of Drake’s comments and they also believe Drake is trying to direct his fans to his own content that will be released through his company, October’s Very Own.
The Los Angeles Times reports Drake was paid $15,000 by Serious Entertainment, the promoters of the Homecoming tour that was caught on film. The contract for that payout was signed in February 2009. The film’s co-executive producer Mark Berry believes Drake is distancing himself from the film because he may want a larger royalty payment.
Specticast’s attorney, Peter Haviland says of the lawsuit, “Specticast is seeking damages, including punitive damages and a declaration from a Los Angeles Court confirming that its release of the “Drake’s Homecoming: The Lost Footage” is fully authorized.”