50 Cent Sued Over Sample: Rapper Reportedly Didn’t Get Permission for Online Release
If an artist gives an album away for free, does he or she still need to clear samples used to create the songs? 50 Cent may soon find out, as the rapper is being sued for sampling the 1971 Persuaders tune "Love Gonna Pack Up and Walk Out" on "Red Rum," part of a collection he released as an online freebie three years ago, TMZ reports.
"Fifty Cents [sic] has not denied the infringement, but appears to be basing his defense solely on a frivolous and immaterial claim that the illegal version is not being commercially exploited, but is given away for free," said Robert Poindexter, the song's author, in a lawsuit filed in New York.
Poindexter is reportedly seeking $600,000 in punitive damages, plus interest, as well as unspecified amount for statutory damages. The rhymer's reps have yet to respond.