Jim Jones Sued for Track With Ashanti
Rapper Jim Jones is being sued by producer Christopher R. Liggio (Jay-Z, Mary J. Blige, Ludacris) for allegedly sampling Liggio’s copyrighted song without permission. Implicit music companies Entertainment One, Sally Ruth Esther Inc., Universal Music Publishing, Songs of Universal Inc. and Pookitoots LLC are also named in the lawsuit.
In a suit filed in New York’s federal court this week, Liggion claims that Jim Jones and Ashanti’s original vocals are layered over his music on the hard-driven break-up track ‘Changing the Locks.’
Liggio claims that instead of contacting him, Jim Jones lifted the music and added a co-author and producer credit in the song’s liner notes. Liggio is demanding $150,000 for the use of the copyrighted composition and $150,000 for use of the copyrighted sound recording, as well as the fees and costs of legal representation.