Ghostface Killah's copyright infringement lawsuit revived

1st Aug 16 | Entertainment News

Rapper Ghostface Killah's copyright lawsuit has been revived after a judge ruled composer Jack Urbont could move forward with the case.

Urbont, who created the theme song for the 1960s TV version of Iron Man, hit the Wu-Tang Clan member with a copyright infringement lawsuit in 2011, claiming Ghostface sampled the Iron Man Theme twice on his 2000 album Supreme Clientele, on Intro and the final track, Iron's Theme - Conclusion.

The lawsuit was subsequently dismissed, but in April, 2015 judges for the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals overturned the decision.

On Friday (29Jul16), Judge Peter Hall ruled Urbont could argue he owns the rights to the Iron Man Theme, and also suggested Ghostface and the songs' producer RZA may have infringed on the audiovisual rights for the tune, because the Iron Man track was never officially released as a single and was likely lifted from the Marvel Super Heroes show, according to RollingStone.com.

"While Urbont may possess a master tape, it is undisputed that prior to the release of the Supreme Clientele album in 2000, the sound recording of the Iron Man theme song was never released as an independent audio recording without a visual component," Hall wrote. "It is clear in this case that the allegedly infringing work could only have been copied from the audiovisual work, and therefore constitutes infringement of the audiovisual work."

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