50 Cent scores legal victory in Parrott v. Jackson.
50 Cent scored a legal victory Wednesday when a judge dismissed a lawsuit filed against him regarding his 2003 hit "P.I.M.P."
Earlier this year, producer Brandon Parrott sued 50, producer Denaun Porter, UMG Recordings, Interscope, Aftermath Records, Shady Records and EMI Music Publishing, alleging that they he was never credited for sending Dr. Dre a track called "BAMBA" in 2001 that was ultimately sampled in "P.I.M.P." Parrott reached a settlement with 50 and the other defendants shortly after the song was released. He requested a bigger cut in his new lawsuit and was shot down by the judge, who ruled that his "own allegations defeat his claims." Here is the opinion of U.S. District Judge S. James Otero:
"[No] reasonable music composer in Parrott's position could have relied 'in good faith' upon a co-producer's statements that the composer's music had 'mistakenly' been incorporated into millions of infringing tracks without anyone notifying or crediting him," writes Otero. "Moreover, assuming the truth of Parrott's FAC [first amended complaint], as the Court must at this stage, the only plausible inference is that Parrott failed to conduct any investigation in the truth behind Porter's statements. Thus, Parrott's own allegations defeat his claims."
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