50 Cent Wins Recent Lawsuit
50 Cent wins his recent lawsuit, it was a copyright infringement over “Before I Self-Destruct.” 50 Cent has been going through lawsuits in the past as if it was homework.
The Wall Street Journal recently revealed that 50 Cent won his lawsuit against an author who claims that 50 Cent stole portions of “Before I Self-Destruct” from his book.
The author is from New Jersey named Shadrach Winstead and claimed that 50 Cent stole the plot of his novel “The Precher’s Son-But the Streets Turned Me Into A Gangster.”
Just like 50 Cent’s film and album, the novel follows the story if a rising city hustler who is looking for redemption. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Manhattan made their decision and dismissed Winstead’s claims of copyright Infringement.
“They are either common in general or common with respect to hip hop culture, and do not enjoy copyright protection,” the ruling reads. “The average person reading or listening to these phrases in the context of an overall story or song would not regard them as unique and protectable.”
The court also stated that the both plots aren’t similar enough to warrant a lawsuit.
“Winstead’s book and Jackson’s works are different with respect to character, plot, mood, and sequence of events. Winstead’s protagonist embarks on a life of crime at a very young age, but is redeemed by the death of his beloved father,” it continues. “Jackson’s protagonist turns to crime when he is much older and only after his mother is murdered. He winds up dead at a young age, unredeemed. Winstead’s book is hopeful; Jackson’s film is characterized…by moral apathy.”Photo credit: allhiphop.com