Biggie said Mo Money Mo Problems, but in Lil Wayne’s case “Mo Money, Mo Lawsuits!” Dang! Since Lil Wayne dropped the Carter 3 he has been sued by everybody from unknown singers to THE ROLLING STONES! This time an Atlanta producer named Michael Bradford aka Mali Boi claims that he is the original producer of the track that made “Mrs. Officer” so popular! So the story goes, The original song “Crush” produced by Mali Boy was for another artist named “Sky” but somehow ended up in the company of Lil Wayne and producer of “Mrs.Officer” Deezel. Mali Boy claims that producer “Deezel” remade the track owned by him without permission and has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Lil Wayne and everybody involved in the song in the US District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. According to Mali Boy, Lil Waynes attorney is attempting to avoid the summons to answer the complaint, the producer Deezel has filed for 2 (30) day extensions to file an answer and everybodyelse on the song were given 60 day waiver of summons. Whether its true or not I dont know but BMI and Ascap have placed a freeze on all performance royalties (money) on Mrs. Officer worldwide and Cash Money Records has agreed to put a freeze on royalty payments for all retail, digital downloads and ringtone sales until the suit is Resolved! Oh well Wayne, at least you still got that tax free “A Millie” that Baby gave you for your birthday! Lol… Click to see the press release Michael Bradford v. Dwayne Carter et al (No.Docket # 1:09-CV-0156 JEC)
Lil Wayne sued by Atlanta based producer over “Mrs. Officer”
Atlanta, GA, April 06, 2009 - This has been the year of Lil Wayne. #1 on the charts, #1 in album sales, #1 in award nods and #1 in LAWSUITS! Add his hit “Mrs. Officer” featuring Bobby Valentino to the list of songs off of his multi-platinum “Tha Carter III” album to succumb to copyright infringement! Atlanta based producer “Michael Bradford aka Mali Boi” claimed to be the original author/producer of the original copyrighted work that made “Mrs.Officer” so popular.
The original song “Crush” produced by “Mali Boi” for another artist named “Sky”, somehow ended up in the company of Lil’ Wayne and Producer of “Mrs. Officer”, Deezel. Mali Boi` claims that Producer “Deezel” remade the track owned by him (”the whole meritorious part of the plaintiff’s song” is incorporated into the defendants’ song, without any substantial alteration”); without permission.
The case against Lil’ Wayne and others has been filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, Michael Bradford v. Dwayne Carter et al (NO.Docket # 1:09-CV-0156 JEC) and is currently awaiting a responsive answer from the defendants. According to the plaintiff Michael Bradford, Lil Wayne’s attorney, Mr. Sweeney has attempted to evade the summons in order to answer the complaint. Darius J. Harrison p/k/a “Deezel” (Producer) has filed for two thirty (30) day extensions to file an answer, the other defendants in the case were given sixty (60) day waiver of summons.
BMI and ASCAP has been removed as defendants from the civil action through an amicable settlement; whereupon they have agreed to place a freeze on all performance royalty payments worldwide, and to disclose the accounting statements for the disputed composition. Cash Money Records has agreed to put a freeze on mechanical royalties payments for all retail, digital downloads and ringtone product sales until the civil matter involving “Mrs. Officer” is resolved.
Michael Bradford says his suit is more about getting the credit for a work he created and promoting to upcoming producers and artists the importance of protecting their works by copyrighting them. He sets out to prove just that with his double disc release entiled: Mic Check- “Get Your Rap On!” -&- “R&B - Urban Soul Vol’s. I” via -World Export Digital Recordings. The dual album of tracks produced by Mali Boi` is accompanied by the - “Rep Yo City, Rep Yo Region” - contest where independent artists demo tracks off the album to compete for a artist development and/or record deal.
For Additional information on “Mrs. Officer’s” Copyright Infringement Suit, Google: Michael Bradford v. Dwayne Carter et al or for “Mali Boi`s”, “Rep Yo`City, Rep Yo` Region Contest” –or– to request a copy of the Mic Check Vol-I’s original instrumentals to use on radio or tv, please contact E.B.A Executives: or visit: www.worldexportrecordings.com
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