A large group of hip-hop’s most popular artists such are staring down a $100,000 lawsuit filed in United States District Court this week. Artists like Rick Ross, DJ Khaled, T-Pain and Ace Hood along with dozens of publishing and production companies are being sued by Paul Batiste – a representative of New Orleans’ Batiste Brothers Band – for copyright infringement for allegedly incorporating elements of his music without proper permission.
In a 118-page lawsuit that directly cites Ross, Khaled, T-Pain and Ace Hood as defendants, Batiste is seeking compensation for elements of his music being incorporated into songs like T-Pain’s “Blame It” and “Booty Wurk” and DJ Khaled’s “All I Do is Win” without the group’s permission. The lawsuit is seeking in excess of $100,00o in damages.
Along with the damages, Batiste is seeking full accounting, award of actual damages, as well as profits and a permanent injunction to prevent the defendants from use of his music in the future.