Michael Jackson's Trials

Michael Jackson's Trials


The Ongoing Trials of The Late Michael Jackson

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Jackson Sues Jay-Z

Michael Jackson, ever litigious, has decided to sue Hip-Hop star Jay-Z's New York nightclub.

Jackson is taking a joint action, together with R. Kelly and a dozen others, against the club for their allegedly breaking music licensing laws.

The group of artists/publishers filed a federal lawsuit on Monday against the 40/40 club, because it entertained clubgoers with "unauthorised public performance of musical compositions."

Broadcast Music Inc., who are leading the case, are seeking unspecified damages for copyright infringement from co-owners Desiree Gonzalez and Juan Perez.

Jackson's songs "Billie Jean" and "Don't Stop," "Thoia Thoing" by R. Kelly and Kanye West's "Gold Digger" were amongst the seven unlicensed songs playing during a surprise visit by a BMI researcher in 2006, reports The New York Post.

Jay-Z, real name Shawn Carter, is not named on the lawsuit.

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