Rapper 50 Cent Freed from Copyright Infringement Lawsuit
Friday Oct 27th was 50 Cent's big day. That day the rapper had a copyright infringement lawsuit accusing him of stealing the opening line for his 2003 hit "In Da Club" from a song by former 2 Live Crew frontman Luther Campbell, dropped.
U.S. District Judge Paul C. Huck found the disputed opening phrase was a "common, unoriginal, and non-copyrightable element of the song" and was not entitled to copyright protection. What's more, the judge also stated that there are almost no similarities between the works, and the phrase in question represents only eleven seconds of a more than three-minute song.
All in all, the judge concludes that the two compositions have no similarities and thus common people would not confuse the two songs.
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