3rd Circ. Clears 50 Cent Of Copying Gangster Book

Law360, Los Angeles (January 14, 2013, 7:59 PM EST) -- The Third Circuit on Friday upheld the dismissal of a suit against rapper 50 Cent accusing him of stealing content from a writer’s autobiography, ruling the author’s phrases depicting inner-city violence were too common to be protected under copyright law.

The appeals court affirmed a New Jersey federal judge’s dismissal of the suit alleging Curtis Jackson, who goes by the stage moniker 50 Cent, stole lines from Shadrach Winstead’s autobiography detailing his life as a gangster for his own film and soundtrack, "Before I Self Destruct,"...
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