Reports are saying that Jay-Z is suing an Australian online retailer for copyright infringement after they used lyrics from his hit track, ’99 Problems.’
But could Jay-Z be overlooking one important fact?
Check out the story below and see if you can work out what it is (we’ll tell you below too!)
Jay-Z has a problem with an Australian company using his name and lyrics to sell books … and now he’s taking the Aussies to court.
According to a new lawsuit obtained by the Sydney Morning Herald, Jay claims Australian online retailer Little Homie is engaging in misleading and deceptive conduct to hawk a children’s book titled “AB to Jay-Z.”
In the suit, Hov reportedly claims Little Homie is infringing on his copyright for lyrics from his hit single, “99 Problems.”
The book’s back cover reads, “If you’re having alphabet problems I feel bad for you son, I got 99 problems but my ABCs ain’t one.”
The phrasing is obviously a play on Jay’s famous hook, “If you having girl problems I feel bad for you son, I got 99 problems but a bitch ain’t one.”
Jay’s legal team reportedly fired off a cease and desist to Little Homie back in March 2018, but his lawyers claim the retailer kept deliberately using his likeness and lyrics in a flagrant and glaring way.
We’ve confirmed Jay filed suit against Little Homie earlier this week in Australian Federal Court … and the book is still for sale on Little Homie’s website, marked down to $17.97.
Of course, Jay is well within his rights to protect his image and copyright, but of course, the original ’99 Problems’ line was actually Ice-T’s!
Check it out (NSFW!):
In fact, now we think about it, Ice-T’s whole tune is, thematically, a more hardcore version of Jay’s (later) ‘Girls, Girls, Girls…’