The Rick Ross and 50 Cent feud continues. Only a few days after the television mogul lost an appeal in their ongoing “In Da Club” lawsuit, Rozay is rubbing salt in his wounds. On August 21, Ross shared multiple Instagram posts clowning 50 for the substantial loss.
In one of the video clips, Ross holds up his phone revealing a screenshot that reads, “50 Cent Loses Rick Ross ‘In Da Club’ Remix Appeal.” The text above says, “Congratz!!!!” In another clip, he cracks a bottle of Luc Belaire and smiles. The caption states, “He who laughs last, laughs loudest. #richerthaniveeverbeen.”
Finally, Ross presents an “opportunity” for 50 in a third video.
“What up, the gold bottle,” he says. “This is a huge opportunity for Curtis. This is the fastest growing champagne in the business.” He made sure to tag 50 and Belaire in the post.
The five-year battle began in 2015 after Ross released the “In Da Club” remix on his Renzel Remixes project. Fiddy accused him of copyright infringement and took him to court for $2 million. But, the original suit was dismissed in 2018 after a judge determined the G-Unit mogul didn’t actually own the copyright or master recordings for the song.
50 then filed an appeal, but the ruling was upheld by the New York City’s Second Circuit of Appeals last Wednesday (August 19). When 50 created the song in 2003, he signed away his rights to it and his right of publicity to his labels in the recording agreement. Therefore, he couldn’t sue Ross for sampling it.
Although Ross didn’t seek permission to use the song on the Renzel Remixes mixtape and neglected to include 50’s name as a featured artist, 50’s recording agreement still meant he “surrendered his rights to the use of his name, performance and likeness associated with the master recording of ‘In Da Club’ in connection with the advertising and marketing of ‘Phonograph Records,'” according to court documents.
However, the appeals court did say Ross was “presumably liable for copyright infringement to Shady/Aftermath, but not” Fiddy. The court added 50 may have the right to push Shady/Aftermath to sue Ross for copyright infringement and seek damages so 5o could get a royalty, or he could seek damages from Shady/Aftermath for neglecting to protect 50’s right to royalties by suing Ross.
Either way, Ross is getting the last laugh — at least for now.