Def Jam Rapstar Sued for Alleged Infringement

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According to the Hollywood Reporter, portions of music conglomerate EMI (currently being sold to Sony and UMG) filed suit against 4mm Games a developer Terminal Reality alleging that Def Jam Rapstar infringes on some of EMI's rights and demanding payment. EMI alleges that it has part ownership in many of the songs featured in the game due to the way many songs have multiple contributors and sampled music. EMI is demanding $150,000 per song it considers to be infringing on 54 songs, as well as the game's net profits. Given that the game supposedly had the cooperation of the Def Jam label owned by UMG, it's not clear whether the suit has merit. If it does, don't expect to see other companies trying any rap-related music games any time soon.

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