Producer In IP Suit With Drake Strikes Deal To Duck Trial

By Pete Brush (December 3, 2018, 2:19 PM EST) -- A music production outfit accused by Drake of unlawfully trading on his likeness agreed Sunday to pay an undisclosed sum and to scrub its website of images of the rapper in a settlement that came just ahead of a scheduled jury trial.

Drake's settlement with Stephen Hacker and Hacker's Florida-headquartered Hebrew Hustle production company was docketed before a scheduled Monday trial before U.S. District Judge William H. Pauley III.

Sunday's deal likely ends the litigation, which began as a 2014 Hacker copyright suit alleging the rapper's 2013 song "Pound Cake/Paris Morton Music 2" infringed a 1982 work called "Jimmy Smith Rap"...

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