Rick Ross Sues LMFAO For Copyright Infringement

Jan 3rd, 2014 // 1 Comment
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Rick Ross is suing LMFAO for copyright infringement, claiming the line “Everyday I’m shufflin’” from the duo’s 2011 smash “Party Rock Anthem” bites the “Everyday I’m hustlin’” hook off Rozay’s 2006 debut single “Hustlin’.” According to The Hollywood Reporter, a lawsuit filed in Florida argues the usage “is readily apparent… and constitutes, inter alia, the creation of an unauthorized derivative work.” Rozay alleges that the phrase is “performed in a manner to sound like” Ross’ phrase, and “is an obvious attempt to capitalize on the fame and success of “Hustlin’.'”

Ross is seeking an injunction and maximum statutory damages. As for why this lawsuit is only coming to light now? Well, the rapper’s legal team for the past few months was embroiled in a battle with Freeway Ricky Ross, a former drug kingpin. Freeway sued the Maybach Music boss for using his name and elements of his real-life story as part of the Rozay persona. However, a judge last week tossed out the suit on first amendment grounds.

[via Rolling Stone]

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  1. Alfredo

    had rick ross’ track said hustlin 3 times in a row in any part of the track, and not the 21 “hustlin” the track starts with, and had the track said the word correctly not in Ebonics, he would have a case. LMFAO says “shuffling” which is a popular dance among the electric dance music crowd, the song says it 3 times as part of a hook and it is not anywhere near in the same reference. AND this is not taking into account that their music video, over 621 million views on LMFAOVEVO channel, gives an explanation of the dance.

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