EMI Records Sues Makers Of ‘Def Jam Rapstar’ Video Game
EMI is going after the producers of Def Jam Rapstar for failing to acquire music rights to some of the songs featured in the video game, reports Billboard.biz.
According to the label, 4mm Games and Terminal Reality, failed to obtain permission to use songs that they either own in whole or part, and also failed to account for royalties. EMI made attempts to reach 4mm but says its requests and phone calls to the executives proved unfruitful. In total they say the game infringes upon 54 of their songs and they are requesting $150,000 for each, in addition to a piece of Def Jam Rapstar’s net profits.
Some of the songs listed in the civil complaint include DJ Khaled’s I’m So Hood, which EMI claims it owns 10 percent of; MIMS’ lone hit single This Is Why I’m Hot, of which EMI has 16 percent ownership, and Got Money off of Lil Wayne’s multi-platinum album, Tha Carter III, which the label says it has 30 percent ownership. Def Jam Rapstar also includes Kanye West’s single Stronger, and while that song was seemingly cleared, the company did not take into account, the sample of Daft Punk’s Harder Better Faster Stronger, which West used in the making of the song.
Thus far 4mm Games and Terminal Reality have not responded to the lawsuit.
As reported by YoRaps