Clothing Designer Sues Jay-Z and Former Business Associates For $7 Million Over Roc-A-Fella Logo
The Bronx man who claims to have designed the infamous Roc-A-Fella Records logo says Jay-Z and his former label partners, Damon Dash and Kareem “Biggs” Burke, owe him money.
To drive his point home, Dwayne Walker of the Bronx has filed a $7 million copyright infringement lawsuit against Hov and his former business partners in Manhattan Federal Court last Thursday (July 12).
“The logo has become universally recognized as an iconic symbol of Jay-Z, one of the most successful recording artists in the history of popular music,” the lawsuit says, according to the New York Daily News.
The suit goes on to say that Walker designed the logo in 1995 when Roc-A-Fella was in its infant stages. Roc Nation nor Dash returned XXLMag.com’s e-mail requests for statements as of press time.
This lawsuit doesn’t mark the first time that someone has alleged copyright infringement against Jay-Z. In December 2005, former pro wrestler Diamond Dallas Page filed a copyright lawsuit against Jay-Z, alleging that Hov illegally used his trademark hand gesture for throwing up the Roc’s diamond. DDP used the same hand gesture to signal one of his signature in-ring wrestling moves, the “Diamond Cutter.” That lawsuit was allegedly settled out of court.—Jakinder Singh