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AHH Stray News: 50 Cent Sued, Mystikal, Ms. Dynamite, Dilated Peoples

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50 Cent has been

hit with a copyright infringement lawsuit over his hit single "In Da Club,"

claiming the lyrics to the song were lifted from an earlier recording by Luther

Campbell. Attorney Joseph Weinberger, owner of Lil’ Joe Records, filed the lawsuit

in Miami federal court, claiming 50’s famous "Go shorty,it’s your birthday"

lines were actually lifted from Campbell’s song "It’s Your Birthday,"

originally released on Campbell’s 1994 album Still a Freak for Life.

Weinberger once represented Campbell and obtained the copyrights to albums by

the 2 Live Crew and Luke as a solo artist after Campbell was forced into bankruptcy.

"In Da Club" was one of the biggest hits on 50 Cent’s blockbuster

major label debt, Get Rich or Die Tryin’. Weinberger is represented

by Miami based attorney Richard Wolfe.

Mystikal went before a parole

board on Jan. 19 seeking to be released from his six-year sentence. Sources

close to Mystikal told AllHipHop.com that the Grammy nominated rapper was denied

parole. On Jan. 12, U.S. District Judge James Brady sentenced the rapper to

an additional year for failing to report almost $2 million in earnings from

1998-1999. The judge allowed the rapper to serve the one-year sentence concurrently

with a state sentence for sexual battery against his former hairstylist. Mystikal

is serving time for forcing a woman to perform oral sex after he caught her

writing $80,000 in bogus checks. He was sentenced to six years in prison.

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