Konami Turned 'Def' Ear On Rap Game Royalties, EMI Says

Law360, New York (March 21, 2012, 8:44 PM EDT) -- EMI April Music Inc. and Capitol Records LLC filed a copyright suit in New York on Wednesday, claiming Konami Digital Entertainment Inc. and others used plaintiff-owned songs in the karaoke-style video game “Def Jam Rapstar” but ignored demands for royalty payments.

EMI's complaint, filed in federal court in Manhattan, targeted Konami, 4mm Games LLC, Autumn Games LLC and Terminal Reality Inc., who EMI said collaborated to create the game but failed to obtain the necessary rights to market and sell it.

When EMI demanded that the...
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