American hip-hop mogul Jay-Z has filed a lawsuit against an Australian business over the use of his name and lyrics in its products. The retailer called “The Little Homie” is an online retailer selling “hip-hop inspired” clothing and books.
The artist cum businessman, whose real name is Shawn Carter, said the firm has breached his intellectual property, including in a producing a children’s book titled “AB to Jay-Z” .
The book draws on lyrics from his hit song 99 Problems. One of the advertisement for AB to Jay-Z reads: “If you’re having alphabet problems I feel bad for you son, I got 99 problems but my ABC’s ain’t one!”
The song lyrics are also referenced on the back cover of the book, which teaches letters by referring to the names of other famous rappers including Snoop Dogg and Biggie Smalls. The Little Homie did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Mr Carter who praised for his lyrical prowess recently filed the lawsuit with the Federal Court of Australia on 22 November.
It claims the company traded on his likeness and infringed the copyright of the lyrics to 99 Problems, according to the Australian newspaper The Age.
Source: The Blast