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Producer: "Everyone Ripped Me Off!"
Highest Court D. District of Columbia
Year Ended 2010
Plaintiffs Music Producer(s)
Music Retailer(s)
Defendants 50 Cent
Atlantic Records
Atlantic Records
Baby/Birdman
Banks, Lloyd
Black Entertainment Television (BET)
Brandy
Cash Money Records
Dash, Damon
Def Jam Music Group
Ertegun, Ahmet
Fat Joe
G-Unit
Individual(s)
Interscope Records
Jay-Z
Juvenile
Legend, John
Lil' Wayne
Ludacris
MTV Networks
Paramount Pictures
Professional Athlete(s)
Reid, L.A.
Rock-A-Fella Records
T.I.
Talent Agent(s)
Turner, Ted
UMG Records
Universal Music Group
VH-1
Viacom
Warner Music Group
Warner-Chappell Music
West, Kanye
Ying Yang Twins
Other No Other parties on file
Short Description Plaintiff sued 45 industry defendants, including 50 Cent, Jay-Z, Ludacris, Fat Joe, and others for copyright infringement of songs he had sent to the labels for review. The Plaintiff had previously bought an educational CD made by a division of Universal, which explained how to succeed in music. After failing to serve most of the defendants, the defendant continued to file "baseless motions" and disregarded the Court's order to submit the list of infringed works as well as CDs containing his stolen music. The Court explained how copyright law works, dissecting the amateurish arguments of the Defendant. Essentially, every alleged theft was based on unprotectible elements, i.e. his "stolen song" and the defendant's song would both be about upset, urban young males. This was the case for every one of the fourteen songs. - JMC

Legal Issues
Business Associations Agency Agent/Principal Liability & Respondeat Superior
  Fiduciary Relationships Fiduciary Duties
Civil Procedure Evidence Admissibility
    Discovery
Conflicts of Law Jurisdiction & Forum Service of Process
Consumer Protection Federal (RICO Act) Racketeering Civil Claim
Copyrights Infringement Copying & Distribution/Dissemination
    Criminal Copyright Infringement
    Inducement & Contributory/Vicarious Liability
Criminal Law Economic Crimes Bribery, Extortion & Racketeering
    Mail/Wire, Bank & Insurance Fraud
  Federal Crimes Electronic Espionage
    Travel Act Violation
  Intellectual Property Crimes Bootlegging/Counterfeiting
    Criminal Copyright Infringement
  Property Crimes Transporting/Receiving Stolen Property
Trademarks & Unfair Competition Federal (Lanham Act) Unfair Competition, False Advertising & Related Torts
  Trade Secrets Criminal Theft


Opinions Prunte v. Universal Music Group
699 F.Supp.2d 15
D. District of Columbia , March 29, 2010 ( No. 06-0480 (PLF) )


Prunte v. Universal Music Group
563 F.Supp.2d 41
D. District of Columbia , June 02, 2008 ( No. 06-0480 (PLF) )


Prunte v. Universal Music Group
248 F.R.D. 335
D. District of Columbia , March 11, 2008 ( No. 06-0480 (PLF) )


Prunte v. Universal Music Group
484 F. Supp. 2d 32
D. District of Columbia , March 30, 2007 ( No. 06-0480 (PLF) )


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50 Cent ( Defendant )
Atlantic Records ( Defendant )
Atlantic Records ( Defendant )
Baby/Birdman ( Defendant )
Banks, Lloyd ( Defendant )
Black Entertainment Television (BET) ( Defendant )
Brandy ( Defendant )
Cash Money Records ( Defendant )
Dash, Damon ( Defendant )
Def Jam Music Group ( Defendant )
Ertegun, Ahmet ( Defendant )
Fat Joe ( Defendant )
G-Unit ( Defendant )
Individual(s) ( Defendant )
Interscope Records ( Defendant )
Jay-Z ( Defendant )
Juvenile ( Defendant )
Legend, John ( Defendant )
Lil' Wayne ( Defendant )
Ludacris ( Defendant )
MTV Networks ( Defendant )
Music Producer(s) ( Plaintiff )
Music Retailer(s) ( Plaintiff )
Paramount Pictures ( Defendant )
Professional Athlete(s) ( Defendant )
Reid, L.A. ( Defendant )
Rock-A-Fella Records ( Defendant )
T.I. ( Defendant )
Talent Agent(s) ( Defendant )
Turner, Ted ( Defendant )
UMG Records ( Defendant )
Universal Music Group ( Defendant )
VH-1 ( Defendant )
Viacom ( Defendant )
Warner Music Group ( Defendant )
Warner-Chappell Music ( Defendant )
West, Kanye ( Defendant )
Ying Yang Twins ( Defendant )

Legal Issues
Business Associations / Agency / Agent/Principal Liability & Respondeat Superior
Business Associations / Fiduciary Relationships / Fiduciary Duties
Civil Procedure / Evidence / Admissibility
Civil Procedure / Evidence / Discovery
Conflicts of Law / Jurisdiction & Forum / Service of Process
Consumer Protection / Federal (RICO Act) / Racketeering Civil Claim
Copyrights / Infringement / Copying & Distribution/Dissemination
Copyrights / Infringement / Criminal Copyright Infringement
Copyrights / Infringement / Inducement & Contributory/Vicarious Liability
Criminal Law / Economic Crimes / Bribery, Extortion & Racketeering
Criminal Law / Economic Crimes / Mail/Wire, Bank & Insurance Fraud
Criminal Law / Federal Crimes / Electronic Espionage
Criminal Law / Federal Crimes / Travel Act Violation
Criminal Law / Intellectual Property Crimes / Bootlegging/Counterfeiting
Criminal Law / Intellectual Property Crimes / Criminal Copyright Infringement
Criminal Law / Property Crimes / Transporting/Receiving Stolen Property
Trademarks & Unfair Competition / Federal (Lanham Act) / Unfair Competition, False Advertising & Related Torts
Trademarks & Unfair Competition / Trade Secrets / Criminal Theft

Courts
D. District of Columbia (highest court)


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