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David Banner Files Lawsuit Against Quincy Jones III

Mississippi rapper and producer David Banner filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against QD3 Entertainment and Virgil Films Entertainment last month, for use of his music in ‘The Carter‘ documentary. QD3, which is owned by Quincy Jones III, the son of the famous music producer and namesake, both produced and co-distributed the film.

Banner, born Lavell Crump, producer Darius “Deezle” Harrison and The Royalty Network filed the suit Thursday (April 29) in a New York Southern District Court. The suit alleges that Jones used the Banner produced tracks ‘La La’ and ‘P—- Monster,’ in the film without his permission. Both songs appear on Wayne’s multi-platinum ‘Tha Carter III’ album, with Banner going under the production alias L. Crump on ‘La La’ and L. “DB” Banner on ‘P—- Monster.’

This isn’t the first time that the documentary has come under legal fire. Wayne himself unsuccessfully fought to block the release of the documentary stating that his “reputation and value of identity” were diminished by scenes in the film. Despite his claims an L.A. Superior Court judge ruled against the Grammy winner. ‘The Carter’ was released in November of 2009, and quickly shot to the top of the iTunes movie charts. The film follows Wayne on the road for close to a year and includes footage of the 27-year old smoking marijuana and carrying bottles of “syrup” which is a mixture of Codeine and Promethazine. “The main thing you learn when you watch the film is that Wayne is a workaholic,” Jones said in an interview. “Straight up. After seeing this I think a lot of people will respect his process a lot more.”

Jones or QD3 has yet to make a statement regarding the lawsuit.

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