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Jay-Z files lawsuit against Australian firm for using his name and lyrics

Jay-Z files lawsuit against Australian firm for using his name and lyrics

Doris Ukaonu
Jay-Z files lawsuit against Australian firm for using his name and lyrics

For trading on his likeness and violating the copyright of the lyrics to his hit track ‘99 Problems’, famous rapper Jay-Z has filed a lawsuit against an Australian retail firm in the Federal Court of Australia. 

The Australian firm had used the rapper’s name in its children book titled ‘AB to Jay-Z’, without following the right procedure. The book was released in 2008

Also, some of the lyrics of his hit track ‘99 Problems’ was used to coin a pickup line for their advert.

While Jay-Z’s ‘99 Problems’ lyrics says,  “Ninety-nine problems but a bit** ain’t one If you having girl problems I feel bad for you son”, the advertisement of the Australian book  reads, “If you’re having alphabet problems I feel bad for you son, I got 99 problems but my ABC’s ain’t one!”

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Jay-Z files lawsuit against Australian firm for using his name and lyrics

The Australian book also makes reference to A-list rappers Snoop Dogg and Biggie Smalls on its back cover, while teaching the alphabets.

When the book was released, Jay-Z’s lawyers had cautioned the Australian firm to stop selling the books but they continued. So, in the lawsuit, the ‘Holy Grail’ crooner said that the business continued to “deliberately and knowingly” use his likeness in a “flagrant, glaring” way.

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