7th Circ. Nixes Copyright Suit Against Cypress Hill

Law360, New York (June 1, 2011, 4:22 PM EDT) -- The Seventh Circuit on Wednesday affirmed the dismissal of blues singer Syl Johnson's lawsuit accusing hip-hop group Cypress Hill of infringing his copyright for the 1960s hit “Is It Because I’m Black?”

Johnson's appeal focused on an Illinois federal court's decision not to allow him to amend his lawsuit to bring a state law misappropriation claim rather than a federal copyright claim after it came to light that Cypress Hill had discovered the song through a 1969 recording rather than a 1972 version, but the appeals...
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