50 Cent Subject of Lawsuit
Mon, 15 Nov 2010 10:12:19
EW reports that Shadrach Winstead filed a lawsuit against Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, accusing the rapper of copyright infringement and unfair competition. This one is particularly ugly, as Winstead says Fitty stole the plot and theme of his 2008 book, The Preachers Son — But the Streets Turned Me Into a Gangster for his 2009 album Before I Self Destruct and its companion movie, directed by and starring 50. Ouch.
Winstead sites several instances where portions of his book had seemingly been lifted. Winstead compared one line in his book: "My father and my mother were arguing a lot and sometimes she would leave and come stay with her mother and there would be just me, my father and my brother" to 50′s movie dialogue: "It was just me, my mother and my brother. My father went looking for a job and never came back. Now it's just me, my mother and my brother." Hmmm, seriously?
There are other alleged similarities between the music and the book as well. Winstead's book reads, "I used to go in the basement and stashed the coke. I had an uncle who used to go in the basement. He found my stash. He started smoking my shit up." 50′s "Then Day Went By" features the lines, "My uncle smoked my stash up. I had 200 grams left under the porch. How much you going to smoke, man? How much you going to smoke, man?" Winstead is asking that sales of the album be suspended and that he pay forward all the profits earned from the infringement.
Do you think Winstead is reaching here?