50 Cent Wins Copyright Lawsuit Over 'I Get Money'
50 Cent can do the money dance after landing a huge victory in court on Friday (Jan. 15) in the copyright suit over his 2007 hit single "I Get Money."
A 2010 lawsuit against the Queens rap mogul (real name Curtis Jackson) filed by defendant Tyrone Simmons -- who raps under the name Young Caliber -- was dismissed after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled that it was "time-barred" and Simmons had waited too long to file the suit, according to a release from Jackson's lawyer.
Simmons alleged in 2010 that 50 Cent, the song's producer William Stanberry and a host of other labels -- including Universal Music Group, Interscope Records and Aftermath Entertainment -- infringed on his rights to use the instrumental for "I Get Money."
“Today the Second Circuit Court of Appeals vindicated Curtis Jackson, aka 50 Cent, in a copyright case relating to his 2007 hit record 'I Get Money,'" said 50's lawyer, David Leichtman, who reps the rapper alongside Robins Kaplan partner Craig Weiner. "The plaintiff in the case claimed that he was the owner of the underlying beat of the track, but the appeals court affirmed an earlier ruling that the plaintiff had waited too long to raise his complaint."
50 Cent's "I Get Money" peaked at No. 20 on the Billboard Hot 100. Billboard has reached out to Simmons' manager and a rep for 50 Cent for comment.