Namco America has
filed a lawsuit against rapper Lil’ Flip and Sony Music Entertainment for
copyright infringement, over the rapper’s hit song “Game Over.”
In a lawsuit filed
in US District Court, Southern District of New York, Namco alleges their copyright
was infringed upon, when sounds from the game "Pac-Man" and "Ms.
Pac-Man" were included on “Game Over” and the remix to the
Lawyers for Namco
were tightlipped about the details of the case.
The lawsuit alleges
the sampled portions of the songs were never cleared and cited that the song
contained references to guns, drugs and profanity.
that Namco is seeking millions in damages, with some stating the amount could
be as high as $10 million dollars.
is taken from Lil’ Flip’s platinum selling double album U Gotta
The lawsuit was
filed months before a federal appeals court in Cincinnati, Ohio ruled that artists
should pay for every sample included in their work, including short snippets,
whether they were distinguishable or not.
The law previously
allowed for some flexibility in regards to sampling, but that was struck down,
when federal laws were passed to curb piracy of digital recordings.
The court ruled
those laws applies to digital sampling.