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Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Is Jay-Z Stealing Music?

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Hip-hop mogul Shawn 'Jay-Z' Carter faces a lawsuit over his 2004 hit "Justify My Thug." The rapper has been accused by Bridgeport Music of violating copyright laws by using samples on the track without permission.

Publishers Bridgeport, which owns the rights to many hip-hop favored recordings, won a landmark case in 2004 meaning all samples used must be paid for by the artist. Since 2001, the publisher has filed over 800 lawsuits alongside Westbound Records, according to

Spokespeople for both Jay-Z and Bridgeport refused to comment on the case

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