Last year, Wiz Khalifa burst onto the mainstream scene with his monster hit “Black and Yellow,” propelling him to the top of the charts and making him a household name. But now, the rapper has been slapped with a lawsuit and accused of stealing the song that made him a star.
According to AllHipHop, Pennysylvania songwriter Max Gregory Warren filed a lawsuit against Wiz in United States District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania on Dec. 30, 2011. In the lawsuit, Warren claims that he wrote a song called “Pink N Yellow” in November of 2007 and in February of 2008, he copyrighted the song when he sought to publish or license it.
Warren claims that before he officially copyrighted “Pink N Yellow,” Wiz and his producers, Stargate, producers heard the song and “engaged in a scheme to defraud plaintiff out of the fruits of his copyright of the Subject song.” The lawsuit alleges that Wiz, Stargate and Rostrum Records stole the concept for “Pink N Yellow” and later used it for his Wiz’s hit “Black and Yellow” as well as its many remixes.
Warren is now suing Wiz, his publishing company PGH Sound, EMI Music Publishing, Rostrum Records, Warner Music Group and Atlantic Recording Corporation for fraud and deceit, copyright infringement, civil conspiracy and unjust enrichment. He is seeking $2,375,000 in punitive and actual damages.
Well, if Wiz is innocent, hopefully he can beat the lawsuit. Below are artists who’ve faced copyright infringement scandals. –nicholas robinson