50 Cent Goes After Rick Ross Again; Appeals Loss Over “In Da Club” Lawsuit

Written by on October 10, 2019

50 Cent is not backing down from another legal skirmish with Miami rapper Rick Ross.

50 Cent took issue with Rick Ross using his 2003’s hit “In Da Club” as a remix on his 2015 mixtape “Renzel Remixes Project.”

50, real name Curtis James Jackson III, sued Rick Ross claiming he had no right to use the instrumental, which he used to hawk his 2015 album Black Market as an insult to his longtime rival.

In October of 2018, a judge dismissed the lawsuit because 50 Cent does not control the copyright or the master recordings to “In Da Club,” which are owned by Shady Records.

The lawsuit was tossed out of court, but 50’s lawyers have refiled an appeal, asking a judge to reconsider the verdict.

In new legal documents, 50 Cent’s lawyers claim Rick Ross, born William Leonard Roberts II, unlawfully exploited Fif’s name and voice by including his hook on the remix. 

“Under these circumstances, Mr. Roberts violated Mr. Jackson’s right of publicity, and Mr. Jackson was entitled to summary judgment…”

50’s lawyers say the rapper may not have a case for copyright infringement, but the fact that Rozay shouted out his Black Market album six times on his remix to “In Da Club” actually infringes on 50 Cent’s identity.

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