Juicy J and Columbia face challenge over ownership of video

November 2014

Recorded music, artistes


A photographer and a video production company involved in producing Juicy J’s “Bandz A Make Her Dance” music video are seeking damages from the rapper and his record label, Columbia Records. Photographer Mahad Dar and Creative Dream Productions (CDP) have filed a suit alleging copyright infringement. The background shows a somewhat confused filming circumstances environment – there were a number of occurrences that halted and disrupted filming and although CDP secured extras, trailers for artists, and ‘craft services’ for the video in 2012 a misunderstanding over the cancellation of a guest appearance by  Lil’ Wayne, who was to also star in the video, meant that the preferred venue for filming was cancelled. Dar, who was the principal photographer for the video, claims no arrangement was ever made for the use of his images. According to Dar, he is the sole owner of the video footage.   The claimants are seeking injunctive relief and all profits from both the song and the music video which has had over 34 million hits on YouTube.



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