Bloodstone, an R&B/Funk/Rock band that has a dislike for hip-hop music is suing Universal Records, T.I. and Kanye West. The lawsuit isn’t from the bands disapproval of hip-hop but the group claims one of their songs was licensed to the rappers without their approval.
The 3 person band’s claim can be seen below.
“Plaintiffs do not approve of their song being sampled in a hip hop or rap song.”
“Bloodstone did not know that UMG had granted the license to T.I. and Kanye West until late 2011/early 2012. Since that time Bloodstone has sought to find out who granted the license to TI without any authority, and recently learned it was Ume [Universal Music Enterprises]. Plaintiffs do not approve of their song being sampled in a hip hop or rap song.”
“On belief, in 2003, in exchange for consideration, Defendant granted the hip-hop artists known as TI and Kanye West a license to sample ‘I’m Just Doing My Job’ without notifying any of the members of Bloodstone and without paying any compensation to Bloodstone. The Bloodstone sound recording of ‘I’m Just Doing My Job’ was used by TI and Kanye West in the song ‘Doin My Job’ in its entirety and has sold millions of copies.”
The group is seeking an injunction on the songs as well as punitive damages.