AceShowbiz - Lil Nas X could be facing a lawsuit over his promo idea for "Montero". The Grammy winner and his management reportedly received a cease and desist letter from a metal-rap artist for using pregnancy photoshoot and his "Giving Birth" video to promote his latest album, which arrived in September 2021.
Firing off the letter was Dana Dentata via her legal team. In documents obtained by The Blast, Dana accused the emcee of using "copyrighted material" which is "essentially identical to the 'Pantychrist' music video and clearly used the work as its basis."
"Additionally, the sonogram image your client released, as well as the photographs depicting him as pregnant wearing a prosthetic stomach in promotion of Montero, which appears on Instagram and in People Magazine, are also nearly identical and, again, clearly used my client's works as their basis," so read the letter.
It continued, "You neither asked for nor received permission to use my client's Works as the basis for LIL NAS X GIVES BIRTH, and as a promotional content for Montero, nor to make or distribute copies of it. Therefore, we believe you have willfully infringed her rights."
Dentata is now asking Lil Nas X's "Gives Birth" video, which has been viewed more than 15 million times on YouTube, to be taken down. "I demand that you immediately cease the use and distribution of all infringing works derived from the works, and all copies, including electronic copies, of same, that you deliver to me, if applicable, all unused, undistributed copies of same, or destroy such copies immediately and that you desist from this or any other infringement of her rights in the future," it stated.
"It is inconceivable that you would wish to jeopardize your artist's public image, and reputation by your client falsely claiming he created this copyrighted content," the message further read. "For these reasons, I sincerely hope that you will consider the contents of this letter and the potential legal consequences. In the end, I believe that a mutually satisfactory resolution of this situation, short of litigation, is desirable for all concerned."