Lil Romeo’s album Gametime is the subject of a lawsuit over claims that the author of some of the album’s material was never compensated or credited for his contributions. Sean Cunningham claims that he wrote six songs on the album, one that appeared in a motion picture titled “Max Keeble’s Big Move” that featured a cameo by Romeo. The lawsuit was filed in the Federal District Court in Houston, Texas. The lawsuit names Lil Romeo, Master P., Master P. Music LLC, One Up Entertainment, Universal Music Group and Buena Vista Home Entertainment as defendants. In addition to claims of not being properly credited, Cunningham also claims that Lil Romeo copied his style which could be an interesting development if this is argued in court. At present the whole area of ‘image rights’ are still being developed although they are more accepted in the US than in the UK. Cunningham’s lawsuit claims he was not paid to be a ghostwriter for the album and is seeking an undisclosed amount.
The case will go to trial on 5 March 2005.