Rapper The Game, Interscope and Aftermath Entertainment are among the defendants in a new copyright infringement lawsuit over an illegal sample on The Game’s platinum-selling 2005 debut album The Documentary.
Saregama India filed the lawsuit in Manhattan Federal Court, claiming the song “Put You on the Game” violated copyrights owned by the Indian-based firm, which was formerly The Gramophone Company of India, one of Indias largest recording companies.
Through it’s lineage with The Gramophone Company of India, Saregama is also one of the oldest recording company’s in India and owns almost 50% of all the music ever recorded in the country.
“Put You on the Game” was produced by hit producer Timbaland, who is featured on the song and is also named in the lawsuit, along with co-producer Nate “Danjahandz” Hills.
Also named are Universal Music Group, Aftermath Entertainment, G-Unit Records, Czar Entertainment, Timbaland’s Virginia Beach Music and The Game’s Black Wall Street imprint.
“Put You on the Game” was the fourth official single released from The Documentary.
Saregama India seeks an undisclosed amount.
This is not the first time Saregama India has sued Universal Music Group.
In 2002, Saregama filed a $500 million dollar lawsuit against UMG, Interscope and Dre’s Aftermath Entertainment.
In that lawsuit, Saregama accused hit producer/rapper DJ Quik of illegally sampling the song “Thoda Resham Lagta Hai,” by Lata Mangeshkar on Truth Hurt’s hit record “Addictive” which featured pioneering rapper Rakim.
The lawsuit was settled for an undisclosed amount.