U.S. News | Kirk Edwards Sues Several U.S. Rappers for Copyright Infringement

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Kirk Edwards, a DJ, has filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana against several U.S. rappers, producers and their record labels for allegedly using his instrumental without authorization.

The plaintiff is reported to be claiming that musicians including Cardi B, French Montana, Choppa, Master P, Yo Gotti and rap-duo City Girls copied elements of his instrumental “Choppa Style”, which he recorded in 2000 without permission.

The plaintiff alleges that a number of the musicians songs including the 2018 single “Twerk”  by City Girls featuring Cardi B infringe his copyright and have caused a lot of damages.

The plaintiff claims that after the recording of “Choppa Style”, he began playing and promoting the instrumental in a New Orleans club where he was a DJ.

The song was heard by Darwin Turner known as ‘Choppa’ who requested to record lyrics over the instrumental, Edward reportedly said.

The plaintiff claims that the duo agreed and recorded a song together named “Choppa Style”.

According to the complaint, Turner’s record label, Take Fo’ Records, later hired an in-house producer to recreate the original “Choppa Style” instrumental and record “Choppa Style” for Turner’s album without the plaintiff permission or knowledge.

The plaintiff reportedly said that in 2017, rappers French Montana and Yo Gotti partnered on the song “Oh Yeah” which copied key elements of his original recording including a combination horn riff and arrangement, and a drum sequences.

The case is still ongoing.

Edwards v. Take Fo’ Records et al

Judge: Martin Lc Feldman
Court:Louisiana Eastern District Court
Case #:2:19-cv-12130
Nature of Suit:Copyright
Cause:Copyright Infringement
Case Filed:August 12, 2019
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