Publisher’s plagiarism claim against 50 Cent fails

December 2006

Music Publishing

A copyright case which claimed 50 Cent’s ‘In Da Club’ copied from 2 Live Crew’s ‘Its Your Birthday’, written by Luther Campbell, has been dismissed by a US judge. Judge Paul Huck ruled that the line of Campbell’s song (“Go Shelia, it’s your birthday”) was a “common, unoriginal and non copyrightable element of the song” which was not entitled to protection. Judge Huckle found that were no similarities between ‘In Da Club’ and ‘It’s Your Birthday’. He added that no reasonable jury would infer otherwise and said that no one would get the two songs confused.
The original lawsuit was filed in January on behalf of Lil’ Joe Wein Music, the company that holds the copyright to ‘It’s Your Birthday’.

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