Lil Wayne Sued For Copyright Infringement
Posted on July 25, 2008 by Jamie Slaughter
Lil Wayne has gotten into trouble regarding copyright infringement and unfair competition, as a lawsuit was made on July 24th. The Rolling Stones catalogue owners are seeking compensation for Wayne's track entitled, Play with Fire, a song which shares the same name as a Rolling Stones release. According to Reuters, Abkco Music Inc. has accused Wayne of releasing a song which bares a striking resemblance to the initial Stones' release, which has been protested that the song uses music and lyrics which are far too familiar with the former release.
Abkco has suggested that the rappers lyric "but you can't blame me if I set this stage on fire," sounds too similar to the original lyric "but don't play with me, 'cause you're playing with fire". Abkco also states that the lyrics are "explicit, sexist and offensive language", on the track taken from the number one album, Tha Carter III.
The lawsuit was made to make it clear, that the Stones did not approve of the reworked track and did not allow the rapper to sample their music. This is the second lawsuit Wayne has been faced with this year, the prior being raised by South African singer Karma-Ann Swanepoel who insisted her track 'Once' was used for the 'I Feel like Dying' track which featured on his album.