Court After Death: Biggie Being Sued

posted December 30, 2005 12:00:00 AM CST | 0 comments

Publishing company Bridgeport Music Inc. and Westbound Records are suing Biggies estate, Bad Boy and Universal claiming they never received permission to use the samples of their works to record the songs Ready to Die, Machine Gun Funk and Gimme the Loot.





The songs, which appeared on his quadruple platinum debut in 1994, will be the subject of a copyright infringement suit headed to court in March in Nashville, TN. Both sides squared off last week in a court session before U.S. District Court Magistrate Joe Brown on a defense motion to dismiss some legal claims before trial.





They have taken Westbounds and Bridgeports music; they included the music in their music and pawned it off as one of their own, Richard Busch, the two companies attorney, told the judge.





Bridgeport and Westbound contend that B.I.G.s recordings of Ready to Die and Gimme the Loot illegally used copies of Singing in the Morning by the Ohio Players.





They claim Machine Gun Funk uses Up for the Down Stroke by the Horny Horns, for which Bridgeport owns only the copyright for the composition. Bad Boys attorney claims they had the proper licenses to record the songs.


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