We the best??? A new lawsuit has been filed against popular producers T-Pain and DJ Khaled, as well as rappers Rick Ross, Pitbull and Cash Money Records, and dozens of other publishing companies and record labels affiliated with the producers.
The lawsuit was filed by by Paul Batiste, who represents The Batiste Brothers band, a popular jazz ensemble that was founded in New Orleans in 1976. The group, which played a major influence on the New Orleans jazz scene and continues too today, is popular in Louisiana and has its own school and a marching band named after them.
The lawsuit accuses producers, rappers and record labels of stealing The Batiste Family’s music and putting it in their own music without permission or compensation. The lawsuit was filed in United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana last week.
The 118-page lawsuit specifically names T-Pain, DJ Khaled, Pitbull, Rick Ross, Ace Hood and Cash Money as defendants, who have brought out “an immense number of songs infringing upon Plaintiff’s catalog.”
The lawsuit states hit songs such as “Blame It,” and “Booty Wurk” by T-Pain and “All I Do Is Win,” by DJ Khaled were taken from multiple songs created by The Batiste Family.
The lawsuit claims damages are believed to be in excess of $100,000,000.
Batiste is seeking a full accounting, award of actual damages, as well as profits and a permanent injunction to stop the defendants from using any more copyrighted material without permission.