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Judge Refuses to Dismiss 50 Cent Sex Tape Lawsuit, Rick Ross SUES LMFAO for Copyright Infringement, Rick Ross Wins Against Freeway Rick Ross

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These are interesting lawsuits of which I wanted to take on the analysis. However, the issues are ones I have discussed here on AML in prior times and the year is still young. So, I will refer you to the stories and let’s see what the intellectual property litigation world brings us in the weeks ahead.

-Uduak

1. Judge Refuses to Toss 50 Cent Sex Tape Lawsuit

2. Rick Ross Sues LMFAO Over ‘Everyday I’m Shufflin’ Phrase (Exclusive)

3. ‘Freeway’ Ricky Ross vs. Rick Ross: First Amendment Protects Hip-Hop Persona

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FREEWAY Rick Ross v. Rick Ross – Read Freeway’s Statement Post the Court’s Unfavorable Ruling Against him.

I respect Hip Hop as an art form and consider many of its artists some of my close friends. But I believe the art form owes an obligation of authenticity. You cannot go out and say you sold cocaine at Kilo to Metric ton scale and be so detached from the experience. If you do, you have an obligation to the youth to tell them the truth and not lie about the facts of your circumstance to try to further validate the mistruth.

There is a teachable moment about the state of our community when a man who has a respectable job as a correctional officer, has to recreate himself in my former image as a large-scale kingpin to gain what he feels is social acceptance as a successful man. I along with many others would have given it all up for stability and opportunity, when Reagan came into office with Trickle down gutting assistance programs, and privatization of public sector jobs ripped through our cities it strip-mined those types of stable jobs in a very short period from Black America.

I will continue to go around the country and speak at schools, speaking to the need for the youth to avoid getting caught up in the dope game. Also I will be going city to city giving artists that don’t get looks by labels Mixtape exposure. I look forward to the release of my autobiographical book due out in February, and film in development to help tell the truth about how Black American Cities developed and turned to drugs, the dope game and its consequences.

– Freeway Rick Ross

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