50 Cent Sues Car Dealer For Infringement
50 Cent is suing a Philadelphia car dealer over advertisements that he said used his trademarked name without permission.50 Cent is suing a Philadelphia car dealer over advertisements that he said used his trademarked name without permission.
The rapper, whose real name is Curtis James Jackson III -- describes himself in the lawsuit as "a hugely popular and extremely successful hip-hop music artist ... known for his good looks, 'gangsta' image and hard knocks success story."
The lawsuit, filed last Friday in federal court, seeks more than $1 million from Gary Barbera Enterprises, which used the slogan "Just Like 50 Says!" and the 29-year-old artist's picture in a print advertisement for a Dodge Magnum.
A spokesperson for Barbera wasn't immediately available for comment, the dealership said. But Barbera marketing director Eric Gerstein told Philadelphia newspapers, that 50 Cent had recorded a radio station spot promoting the station's giveaway of a Barbera Magnum.
The print ad paraphrased the radio spot, Gerstein said. The dealership explained its position in a call with 50 Cent representatives in May and believed the matter was closed.
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