Wednesday, April 28, 2010

DMX Sues for Royalties from Jail

According to THR, Esq. Rapper DMX, currently serving six months in jail for a probation violation, is being productive behind bars, suing his copyright administrator.

In a complaint filed in New York Supreme Court, the hip-hop artist formerly known as Earl Simmons claims that Rich Kid Entertainment owes him more than $1.5 million after fraudulently misrepresenting its rights to collect revenue on the rapper's behalf. Simmons says that his contract with Rich Kid only granted it authority to collect money for certain songs produced in 1998, but that the company went beyond the scope of that agreement to take money for other songs.

The suit claims that Rich Kid presented itself to record labels using false licensing agreements. Claiming authority, the defendant allegedly authorized labels including Sony, Universal, Warner Bros. and others, to use, mix and reproduce some of DMX songs in other albums and songs around the world.

The claims are breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, unjust enrichment, conversion, imposition of a constructive trust, and accounting.

In my opinion, this fool is never going to see that money in his lifetime.

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