Jay Z & Dame Dash Dodge $7 Million Copyright Lawsuit
Jay Z and Dame Dash must be counting their blessings right now. The former business partners just won big in their $7 million copyright lawsuit over their Roc-A-Fella lawsuit.
A U.S. District Court judge dismissed the million-dollar lawsuit Tuesday (Sept. 27), claiming the evidence and testimony provided wasn't enough to hold the defendants (Jay and Dash) accountable for copyright infringement.
“This leaves only plaintiff's own self-serving testimony that he drafted the contract, that he and Dash signed it, and that he lost track of it in 1998,” the judge wrote in the official court statement. “This testimony alone is not enough.”
The case dates back to 2012, when clothing designer Dwayne Walker sued Jay, Dash, Kareem "Biggs" Burke, and Roc-A-Fella over "breach of contract" and "copyright infringement," according to Reuters. Walker claimed he created the Roc logo and was owed royalties for its use on various clothing and signage throughout the years. Walker claimed he had a contract with Dash, but was unable to provide it upon request in court. Jay Z and Dash also claimed that the Roc's in-house art director, Adrien Vargas was the real creator of the logo, and apparently the judge was more inclined to side with Jay and Dash.
Walker is looking to appeal, but Jay and Dame probably aren't worried.