Sony Settles Copyright Lawsuit Over 'Iron Man' Theme Song Used in Two Ghostface Killah Songs

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Ghostface Killah perfoms during NXNE festival at the Port Lands on June 17, 2016 in Toronto, Canada.

Following a legal dispute over two Ghostface Killah songs, Sony Music Entertainment and Razor Sharp Records have settled the copyright infringement lawsuit, where the composer of the 1960s Iron Man theme song alleged that the Wu-Tang Clan rapper used the track in his work without permission.

Last month, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit revived the June 2011 lawsuit, ruling in favor of songwriter Jack Urbont, who penned the theme song in 1966 for various characters in the TV show Marvel Super Heroes including Iron Man. Urbont claimed Ghostface Killah (whose 1996 debut was called Ironman) sampled the song without permission on two tracks off his 2000 album Supreme Clientele, which was released via Sony Music Entertainment and Razor Sharp Records.

The Second Circuit claimed the Southern district made an error in an April 2015 ruling, where U.S. District Court Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald granted Sony's motion to argue that the song was "work for hire," as Marvel paid Urbont $3,000 for the piece. 

Judge Buchwald then dismissed the case on Thursday (Oct. 6) and gave the parties 30 days to restore the action. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. 

Requests for comment to Ghostface Killah, Sony Music Entertainment and Razor Sharp Records were not immediately returned as of press time.


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