Campbell has come forward to comment on a recent copyright infringement lawsuit
filed against 50 Cent, over his hit single "In Da Club," taken from
50 Cent’s hit album Get Rich or Die Tryin’.
Attorney Joseph Weinberger,
owner of Lil’ Joe Records, recently filed the lawsuit in Miami federal court.
Weinberger owns the rights to recordings by 2 Live Crew and Campbell.
Campbell was quick
to distance himself from the lawsuit, which claims 50 Cent stole lines from Campbell’s
1994 song "It’s Your Birthday," from the Miami pioneer’s solo album,
Still a Freak for Life.
"Let the record reflect
that Joe Weinberger and [Weinberger’s attorney] Richard Wolfe are the individuals
who are suing 50," Campbell told AllHipHop.com. "They are not suing
on behalf of me or any member of the 2 Live Crew.
"These guys (Joe and
Richard) that’s all they do is go around suing people and use our names. When
they do sue people and make money on that catalogue, neither me nor any of the
2 Live Crew members receive any money from that."
Weinberger once represented
Campbell and became owner of the copyrights when Campbell filed for bankruptcy
"They stole that catalogue
from the members and me and we don’t make money from it," Campbell said.
"When you read my book, ‘My Life and Freaky Times,’ you’ll get the full
entire story surrounding these two crooks and that catalogue."
Neither Wolfe nor
Weinberger were available for comments as of press time.
Below are the first four pages of the 27-page lawsuit.
Joe Music Vs. 50 Cent Page 1
50 Cent Page 2
50 Cent Page 3
50 Cent Page 4