Classic Soul Group Files Suit
Rapper 50 Cent is being sued by Robert Poindexter of 70s R&B vocal group The Persuaders over a sample that was used on a mixtape track from over three years ago. Poindexter filed suit in New York over the uncleared use of the Persuaders' track "Love Gonna Pack Up and Walk Away" which was used on "Redrum," included on 50 Cent's "War Angel LP."
"Fifty Cents [sic] has not denied the infringement, but appears to be basing his defense solely on a frivolous and immaterial claim that the illegal version is not being commercially exploited, but is given away for free," Poindexter wrote in the suit.
Poindexter is suing for unspecified statutory damages, $600,000 in punitive damages and interest.