Kevin Powell Files Lawsuit Claiming “All Eyez On Me” Creators Stole His Interviews

(AllHipHop News) A new lawsuit over certain parts of the script of the “All Eyez On Me” movie could derail the future success of the film.

Journalist/political activist Kevin Powell has filed a lawsuit against the directors of “All Eyez On Me,” claiming producers used his copyrighted interviews in Vibe magazine, without his permission.

Kevin claims a significant portion of the “All Eyez On Me” movie co-ops the interviews he did with Tupac at Clinton Correctional Facility, where the rapper was held in 1995, after being convicted of sexual assault charges.

“After a great deal of thought and consultation with many, including my attorneys, I have filed a federal lawsuit against the producers and writers of ‘All Eyez On Me’, the new Tupac Shakur biopic, for copyright infringement. After viewing the movie twice in the past few days, it is clear that my exclusive Vibe cover stories on Tupac Shakur (when he was alive), were lifted, without proper credit or compensation of any kind to me, and used in ‘All Eyez On Me.’ As the owner of the copyright to these articles, ‘All Eyez On Me’ infringed on my rights by using content and narrative that was exclusive to my writings.”

They even used Kevin’s likeness by using actor Hill Harper, who plays the journalist interviewing Tupac in prison during the movie.

“I am seeking justice and a resolution in this matter that is fully fair to me and all the work I’ve done throughout the years, as an author and protector of the Tupac Shakur narrative,” Kevin Powell said.

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10 Responses to “Kevin Powell Files Lawsuit Claiming “All Eyez On Me” Creators Stole His Interviews”

  1. therealjjohnson

    But once those interviews were published, the information became public knowledge. Ive been talking about those interviews with people for 20 years. How do you sue for stories, fact or fiction, that have been shared my millions for 20 years?

    • Apex Productionz

      They are PROFITING from it that is the problem. When you talked about those interviews did you ever make any money from those conversations? No,so you didn’t infringe on on his rights.He has a case. They even used an actor to portray him.This is a MAJOR movie.

      • therealjjohnson

        But who’s to say the information in the movie came from the interviews and not from interviews conducted with other people? There is no way to prove this is what I’m saying.

      • greenhouse records

        Shiddddd, Haitian Jack name is Nigel in the movie. That comes directly from the interview.

      • therealjjohnson

        What Im saying is if the information came from a 3rd party who read it in an interview 20 years ago then its not copyright infringement. Its a hard thing to prove.

  2. Black Exodus

    It seems like the producers did a “sloppy” job on the business side of things! Pay who you owe, so it doesn’t slow down the momentum of this movie! The movie is doing well at the box office, congrats. I haven’t seen it yet. I will wait for a movie that the 2pac Estate supports.

  3. Youngbookwerm

    Abs soon as the movie came on I was thinking it was based of the vibe interview. I was shocked to hear it wasn’t.

  4. ReturnoftheBrotha .

    If the interviews were articles (can they copyright an interview and no one report on what was mentioned in the interview?) then how can someone infringe on a copyright if words were SPOKEN on film? I did not see the film…

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