Jay-Z Sues Australian Online Retailer Over Children’s Alphabet Book

Yohance Kyles (@HUEYmixwitRILEY)

The Little Homie's use of "99 Problems" lyrics have led to a lawsuit.

(AllHipHop News) Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter is claiming an Australian online retailer infringed on his intellectual property. The billionaire American Hip Hop mogul filed a lawsuit with the Federal Court of Australia on November 22.

Jessica Chiha's The Little Homie is selling a children's book titled AB to Jay-Z. Lyrics from Jay-Z's song "99 Problems" are repurposed in AB to Jay-Z as "If you’re having alphabet problems I feel bad for you son, I got 99 problems but my ABC’s ain’t one.” 

Carter's legal team reportedly asked Chiha to stop selling the books in 2018. She allegedly continued to "deliberately and knowingly” use the Roc Nation founder's IP in a "flagrant, glaring" way. 

The Little Homie also sells other Hip Hop-inspired books such as First 50 Words With 50 Cent, 1 2 3 With the Notorious B.I.G., and Where Are My Homies At? In addition, the company offers clothing items featuring lyrics by Jay-Z, The Notorious B.I.G., 2Pac, and Beyoncé.

"Whilst pregnant, the thought of becoming a parent frightened me a hell of a lot. I didn’t want to leave the life I knew behind me, and lose myself in the process. This was the catalyst I needed to create something that I could better connect with my daughter with, by combining my new family with my love of Hip Hop," reads a message from Jessica Chiha on The Little Homie website.

 

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Lil Pal
Lil Pal

But Jay Z took "99 Problems" from Ice T's Home Invasion that was released in 1993.


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