A judge ruled in favor of 50 Cent today (January 15) in the appeal for the lawsuit over the rights to his 2007 song “I Get Money,” Billboard reports. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit threw out the suit.
“Today the Second Circuit Court of Appeals vindicated Curtis Jackson, aka 50 Cent, in a copyright case relating to his 2007 hit record ‘I Get Money,'” David Leichtman, 50 Cent’s lawyer, says. “The plaintiff in the case claimed that he was the owner of the underlying beat of the track, but the appeals court affirmed an earlier ruling that the plaintiff had waited too long to raise his complaint.”
50 Cent won the first decision in the case in 2012 when a judge ruled that Tyrone Simmons, who is known by the stage name Young Caliber, waited too long to take legal action for copyright infringement. There is a three-year statute of limitations to file a complaint.
The G-Unit rapper was sued in 2010 when Simmons claimed 50 Cent and Universal Music Group illegally used his beat, which he said he had the exclusive license for.
“I Get Money” appeared on 50 Cent’s Curtis album. The song peaked at #20 on Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart.
(The original article in this thread was first published on March 27, 2012 and is as follows.)
Back in 2010, 50 Cent was hit with a copyright infringement lawsuit over his 2007 single “I Get Money.” Now, two years later, the Queens rapper has officially won the lawsuit in which another rapper claimed an exclusive license for the song’s instrumental.
As DX previously reported, rapper Tyronne Simmons levied a suit against 50 Cent and producer Apex over the original beat of the song, which he said he purchased the exclusive license to prior to it’s official release. Apex apparently apologized to Simmons for the issue offered him an array of other beats, but Simmons continued the pursue legal action.
Now, however, Opposing Views reports that the lawsuit been thrown out of court for some of the parties involved. 50 Cent and other plaintiffs named – including UMG Recordings, Interscope Records, Aftermath Records, Shady Records and G-Unit Records – will not face the wrath of the law as the suit exceeded the three-year statute of limitations for copyright suits.
Although 50 and company are out of the woods in this case, there is no word whether Apex will face charges for copyright infringement.
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