T.I. Facing Copyright Lawsuit

What you know about court cases? A month after being released from jail to a halfway house, T.I. is back in the hot seat.

Radar Online reports that the Atlanta rap giant is being sued for copyright infringement by a Los Angeles-based rapper named Motoe Blizzid.

Blizzid, born Nathan Filby, claims that Tip stole his 2004 song “Reverence” and used pieces of it to create his 2006 Grammy-award-winning hit, “What You Know.” Filby alleges he gave his song to several industry insiders, including Relentless Management, who he believes handed the track to T.I.

Filby has requested to a trial by jury and is seeking any damages and the surrender of all profits earned from the song.

Tip, who is currently serving out the remainder of his 366-day sentence on federal gun charges in an Atlanta halfway house, has yet to comment on the accusations. —Max G

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  • jtm

    haha this punk ass midget is gonna go to jail again.

    • http://j-mace.deviantart.com Shawty J

      Civil lawsuits don’t land people in jail, they just dent the wallets.

    • matty21

      yea its a civil suit….u da punk ass

  • keith

    jtm, STOP THE HATE!

  • that nigga

    Money talks as you can see. Jst pay the man an go bout your life, dude.

  • fardeas

    the snitch and the bitch.

  • http://j-mace.deviantart.com Shawty J

    This is ridiculous. This is another one of those frivolous lawsuits that won’t hold water in the courtroom. And last time I checked, “What You Know” was based off a sample “Gone Away” by Roberta Flack. What would be the point of paying Toomp and Roberta Flack’s people in royalties if he could’ve got it cheaper from this Blizzid person.

    • Sam.I.Am

      Actually the sample is “Gone Away” by Donny Hathaway, Curtis Mayfield, & Leroy Hutson but the point is still the same…

      • Justice4All

        Copyright attorneys will try to prove that the original writers copyrights were infrindged upon( which can include the writings of said copyright holder even if original works were used by a sampled music peice, the sampled piece would not be on trial, but the original idea and thought of the plaintiff would be the sole motivation for argument). They will try to due their due diligence in proving the infringement of works within the scope of the Copyright Act. Those types of works include the follwing: (The first 2 would be case for strong debate if true).

        literary works (which include source code);
        musical works, including any accompanying words;
        dramatic works, including any accompanying music;
        pantomimes and choreographic works;
        pictorial, graphic, and sculptural works;
        motion pictures and other audiovisual works;
        sound recordings; and
        architectural works.

    • weasle

      It’s well understood that the sampled “Gone Away” is considered a Roberta Flack/Hathaway song…. being that it’s from her album as well, lol

  • http://www.bboycult.com $ykotic/Don McCaine

    Good luck with that homie.

    But one thing I do notice out on the Westcoast, is dudes do not have membership to ASCAP or BMI. That is a big no-no. I turn down CDs because of this and tell them to their face why.

    • Joe Morgan jr.

      $ykotic- Can you break that down a little more?

  • http://www.bboycult.com $ykotic/Don McCaine

    @ Joe

    A lot of cats don’t realize that when they put out music (demos, mixtapes) without being members of ASCAP & BMI they are giving the music away. Literally. The ideas, arrangement, everything. Anyone can take your stuff and run with it. Remember that Drake situation with the ghostwriter? See how that died down quickly? Because the other dude is an ASCAP member. He sends his music in to be published/copyrighted. Now he has the publishing company representatives looking out for anything that resembles his music so they can collect royalties. That was swept under the rug to protect Drake’s image.

    A lot of times publishing companies have workshops where in-the-door artists and labels can listen to your publishing, kinda like a music auction. This is how a lot of people get started as ghostwriters, get songs on commercials, video games, movies, etc. Sounds better than giving it away in the street right?

    Dude is saying he gave his song to industry insiders, back in 2004. The song blew up in 2006, now the lawsuit is in 2010. It automatically rings that bell that he didn’t have publishing (I hope he did for his sake), it doesn’t take them this long to work. And I have met a lot of guys on the leftcoast who do not have publishing and they should because there are hardly any proper channels over here to deal with (more street connections than corporate business connections), so they’re more likely to get robbed like this. Most of the true dudes in the game will tell you to send the music through a proper channel and not take the CD because they know scenarios like this will and can happen.

    So I’d rather tell them the business so they don’t get the business. It’s cheap to become a member too.

    • NotoriousAGC

      Thanks for the knowledge syk, to be completely honest i did not know that, but it always helps (especially in the music business) to know about this sort of shit.

      • http://www.bboycult.com $ykotic/Don McCaine

        No doubt fam. Don’t forget I’m over here, just bred from there…

    • Justice4all

      Don’t forget Sesac, that’s all true though. Actuall it’s easy, once you are a member, they have a channel online where you can submit MP3 files to them with the songs credits (publishing percentages), once they run a cross check to make sure you are not stealing, then you are done. The thing to rememeber is though, he who submits first, wins.

    • Joe Morgan jr.

      $ykotic- Thanks for breaking the game down. Everything you wrote is new knowledge to me.

      • http://www.bboycult.com $ykotic/Don McCaine

        @ Justice

        Can’t forget Sesac, you’re correct. Also with the he who submits 1st, wins.

        @ Joe

        No doubt, glad I could help.

        You guys are welcome to click the name and leave messages over there. I also dropped some food for thought over there about the music and the $, this would be a interesting discussion with you Justice, and Joe & AGC, you should get a visual of what you’re up against.

        • Will E. Will

          damn kid. U STAY droppin gems. Good look on that I didnt know as well.

  • ff1one@yahoo.com

    i mean that whole u going back to jail outburst is the problem with society today. as for this law suit…this no name dude vs a multi millionare who just beat the feds. who u think gonna win. plus, the previous comments are on point. once u put a mixtape out or until u get ur stuff published or licensed u pretty much out of look. Thas why u have to be careful who u trust period. thas just common sense.

    • NotoriousAGC

      no name dude vs Multi-millionaire who beat the feds.LOL!!

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    you are a cool man.

  • indoeveli

    Straight bullshit.
    We’ll see wat happens.