Ghostface Killah Loses Copyright Lawsuit Over "Supreme Clientele" Tracks


(AllHipHop News) Wu-Tang Clan member Ghostface Killah was issued a legal blow last week when a judge ruled in favor of composer Jack Urbont. The man behind the music for the 1960’s TV version of Iron Man sued Ghostface in 2011 for infringing on the copyright of the program’s theme song. Ghostface sampled the “Iron Man Theme” for his 2000 album Supreme Clientele.

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According to the Hollywood Reporter, Urbont won a default judgment. Ghostface did not show up to a deposition after his attorney quit the case because of lack of payment. U.S. District Judge Naomi Buchwald had no choice but to reward Urbont the default judgment as well as fees and expenses.

“We will now submit evidence on damages to establish actual and statutory damages for willful infringement of Mr. Urbont’s composition, and to establish our entitlement to actual and punitive damages for the willful infringement of Mr. Urbont’s sound recording,” said Urbont’s lawyer Richard Busch.

Ghost has not commented on the lawsuit since the ruling came down. He did offer his thoughts on being sued back in 2012.

At the time, he was asked by a MTV Rapfix Live viewer about “Marvel Comics trying to sue” him over his Ironman LP. Of course, the suit was not actually connected to Marvel or Ironman, but the rapper also known as Tony Starks responded to the question.

“That’s super wack… that goes back to Supreme Clientele. RZA put the skits on there and now years later, I don’t know what’s going on with Marvel, but they just trying to come at the kid,” said Ghostface. “I got my lawyers in there trying to squash it all. I think it’s an old man. I think they woke this dude up or something.”

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