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Kanye & Jigga-Man Copied?
Highest Court D. Maryland
Year Ended 2009
Plaintiffs D'Mystro
Defendants Island Def Jam Music Group
Jay-Z
UMG Records
Universal Music Group
West, Kanye
Other No Other parties on file
Short Description Plaintiff is unknown artist named D'Mystro whose song "Volume of the Good Life" was allegedly sampled and infringed by West in his song "Good Life. Plaintiff allegedly met with West and Jay-Z and had friended them on MySpace. The court found "access," but did not find similarity. The court, however felt Defendants needed a little more proof to warrant summarily dismissing Plaintiff's claims on a motion for summary judgment, so it denied their motion without prejudice. - LSW

Legal Issues
Civil Procedure Third Party Claims Necessary Parties
Conflicts of Law Jurisdiction & Forum Subject Matter Jurisdiction
Copyrights Infringement Copying & Distribution/Dissemination
    Sampling & Distribution/Dissemination


Opinions Staggs v. West
92 U.S.P.Q.2d 1764 / 2009 WL 2579665
D. Maryland , August 17, 2009 ( No. PJM 08-728 )


Staggs v. West
2010 WL 2670979
D. Maryland , June 25, 2010 ( No. PJM 08-0728 )


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Related Searches Parties
D'Mystro ( Plaintiff )
Island Def Jam Music Group ( Defendant )
Jay-Z ( Defendant )
UMG Records ( Defendant )
Universal Music Group ( Defendant )
West, Kanye ( Defendant )

Legal Issues
Civil Procedure / Third Party Claims / Necessary Parties
Conflicts of Law / Jurisdiction & Forum / Subject Matter Jurisdiction
Copyrights / Infringement / Copying & Distribution/Dissemination
Copyrights / Infringement / Sampling & Distribution/Dissemination

Courts
D. Maryland (highest court)


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