50 Cent Didn't Steal Crime Story: Judge

Law360, New York (September 22, 2011, 4:55 PM EDT) -- A New Jersey federal judge on Tuesday ruled that rapper 50 Cent did not crib content from a writer’s autobiography for use in his own film and companion album, finding the author hadn’t demonstrated his story was sufficiently unique to merit copyright protection.

U.S. District Judge Stanley R. Chesler said that though there are many similarities between author Shadrach Winstead's autobiography and "Before I Self Destruct," a film-album set released by 50 Cent, such similarities are shared by many stories of crime and urban life, and...
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