Birdman Denies Illegally Sampling Music
theJasmineBRAND.com exclusively reports, Birdman and his label Cash Money Records are firing back at an unknown music producer accusing them of screwing him out of royalties for tracks he produced. Birdman is demanding the entire case be thrown out of court.
Here’s the latest: on November 17th, Birdman responded to the music producer calling the lawsuit nothing more than his attempt to ride on his coattails, who collectively have sold millions of records and become a household name to mainstream markets.
The music mogul explains the plaintiff failed to identity which portions of his song he claims were used by Birdman or his record label. He points out that the producer failed to register one of his tracks for a copyright, which is necessary to even bring this type of case. He adds,
The mere fact that hip-hop songs may have a similar beat is not actionable.
Birman points out that the producer hasn’t even shown how he had access to the tracks he produced. He is demanding the entire lawsuit be thrown out of court and the man not be awarded an injunction or any amount of damages.
Here’s the backstory: A music producer named Woodrow Jones (aka Woody) and his company, Fireball Records, filed a federal lawsuit against Lil Wayne, Birdman, Young Money Entertainment, Cash Money Records, Money Mack Music and Mr. Beatz.
The producer explained that between 2003-2005, his company collaborated with other music producers including a man named Joshua Berkman in the production of a variety of songs. Then in 2007, Berkman moved to Florida to work for Birdman at Cash Money.
The producer explained that during the years 2007-2008 he worked with another man named Mr. Cobbs. He says he contracted with the man under a work for hire agreement through Fireball Records.
The agreement stated that in exchange for $50k, Mr. Cobbs would transfer all rights to the music to Fireball. One of the recordings they composed was called ‘Go Go’ and includes specific drum patterns in the track.
Then in 2009, Cobbs moved to Miami to be a producer for Young Money — a job that Woodrow believes he got through Berkman.
Woodrow then was informed that Cobbs sold some of his tracks to Cash Money and Young Money and later realized the infringing songs was entitled, Birdman’s “Always Strapped” featuring Wayne, Lil Wayne’s “Don’t Like the Look Of It” and Birdman’s track ‘Dark Shades” featuring Lil Wayne.
The music producer claims he created and owns the tracks being used by Lil Wayne and Birdman.Hesays that he did not provide consent nor was he paid.
He filed suit for copyright infringement and demanded an injunction against the rappers from continuing to release the music, a court order stating the labels infringed on his rights, accounting of all the sales and punitive and actual damages for the money he got screwed out of by them stealing his music.