American rapper Jay-Z is suing an Australian retailer over copyright infringement claiming that the retailer profited from his name and the lyrics of his music.
The song in contention, ’99 problems,’ was allegedly used by the Australian retailer, ‘The Little Homie’ to sell children’s books teaching kids about the alphabet and numbers.
Jay-Z filed a suit with the Federal Court of Australia on November 22nd claiming Australian brand had infringed on his intellectual property.
According to reports, the retailer’s website sells a children’s book called “A B to Jay-Z” for Au$34.95, as well as a coloring book of the same name for Au$19.95.
On the back page of the book is a play on the rapper’s lyrics in ’99 Problems,’ “If you’re having alphabet problems I feel bad for you son, I got 99 problems but my ABC’s ain’t one!”
According to the suit, Jay-Z asked the retailer to stop sales of the book in 2018, but they continued “deliberately and knowingly” use his likeness and lyrics in a “flagrant, glaring” a report on A New Age claimed.
According to the daily, this move was in a bid to “injure” and that the continued infringement “has injured and is continuing to injure the reputation and goodwill of Mr Carter,”
Jessica Chiha who is the founder of the retail site, is the respondent in this case, raised money from kickstarter to fund the project which was described as a book which teaches the alphabet using an A-Z of hip hop artists.
Chiha described the book as a means to foster “the next generation of hood rats”
The company is yet to respond to the suit.
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