Lil Wayne Not ‘Playing With Fire,’ Settles Copyright Lawsuit
Rapper Lil Wayne's highly successful album 'Tha Carter III' will be without the song 'Playing With Fire' due to a copyright lawsuit. The infringement suit was filed against Wayne last summer. In an agreement with the settlement brought on by Abcko Music Inc., Wayne has immediately removed the song.
'Playing With Fire' was a sample from a Rolling Stone song which was altered both musically and lyrically. Abko owns all rights to the original song and was reportedly "satisfied with the amicable settlement." In addition to being removed from the album, all providers are to remove digital downloads of the song as well as ringtones.
This isn't the first time Wayne has come under fire for unauthorized use of a sampled song. A federal lawsuit was brought against him for mis-use of the Karma Ann Swanepoel's song 'Once,' which he sampled on the mixtape track 'I Feel Like Dying ' which was downloaded over a million times.
Wayne's successful 'Tha Carter III' is closing in on three million units sold. The rapper also snagged eight Grammy nominations. His upcoming rock album, 'Rebirth,' is set to hit stores in April.