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Wu-Tang Claimant vs. Wu-Tang Clan
Highest Court New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division
Year Ended 2011
Plaintiffs Ghostface Killah
Defendants Music Publisher(s)
RZA
Wu-Tang Clan
Other No Other parties on file
Short Description Ghostface Killah was once a prominent member of hip-hop luminaries Wu-Tang Clan, alongside RZA, GZA, Ol' Dirty, and all da rest. This suit relates directly to Killah's activities in the Clan, particularly his co-authorship of songs in which he provided lyrics over RZA's production work. Plaintiff alleged that he was not paid appropriately by RZA, Wu-Tang, or the band's publishing entity, and sued for compensation. After a non-jury trial found that Killah was owed for his contributions to the co-authored songs, the court reduced his award by 25%, which was the amount determined in the artists' publishing agreement to be retained by Wu-Tang's publishing entity. The court initially found that Killah did not adequately allege RZA to be personally liable for the entity's activities, because no evidence was presented to show the company was RZA's "alter ego," but later found that Killah could amend his complaint to state claims against RZA personally for designating 50% of royalty income to himself as an unauthorized "producer's fee." - LSW

Legal Issues
Business Associations Corporations Director & Shareholder Liability
Contracts Breach Payment & Performance
Copyrights Ownership Joint Authorship, Works-for-Hire & Derivative Creations


Opinions Coles v. Wu-Tang Productions, Inc.
916 N.Y.S.2d 100
New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division , February 10, 2011 ( _ )


Coles v. Wu-Tang Productions, Inc.
2009 N.Y. Slip Op. 31109(U) / 2009 WL 1437282
New York Supreme Court , May 18, 2009 ( No. 602345/05 )


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Related Searches Parties
Ghostface Killah ( Plaintiff )
Music Publisher(s) ( Defendant )
RZA ( Defendant )
Wu-Tang Clan ( Defendant )

Legal Issues
Business Associations / Corporations / Director & Shareholder Liability
Contracts / Breach / Payment & Performance
Copyrights / Ownership / Joint Authorship, Works-for-Hire & Derivative Creations

Courts
New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division (highest court)
New York Supreme Court


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