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1/19/2005 7:11:01 PM

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Dr. Dre, Mary J. Blige and Eve are being sued by Madonna’s publishing company for copyright infringement regarding the song ‘Not Today’ which featured on the official ‘Barbershop 2’ soundtrack.

The track which was Dr Dre produced featured singer Blige and rapper Eve. The lawsuit is surprisingly coming from the people who own the rights to Madonna’s ‘Holiday’. Even though the Madge track was made twenty odd years ago the lawyer’s state the copyright has been breached.

Celebrity Justice has reported the publishing company claims the songs are just too similar, Judith Finell the top musicologist has compared them and declares, "Both the pitches and the rhythms sound closely related. I don’t think they’re identical, because Madonna’s song is in what we call ‘major key’ and Mary J Blige’s song is in a minor key." Both parties had no comment on the matter. If the case goes to court the three music stars could face loosing up to $15 million to the plaintiffs.

And in another copyright case:

A New York judge has scheduled a Feb. 4 settlement conference between rapper Ludacris, producer Kanye West and aspiring rap group I.O.F.

They will also come together to deal with the New Jersey group’s copyright-infringement lawsuit in April alleging that the two stole the hook for Ludacris’ "Stand Up" from them.

Judge Debra Freeman of the United States District Court, Southern District of New York will hear arguments from the group members who say they gave four demo tapes to Ludacris and West on separate occasions.

One of the records featured the song "Straight Like That," which was recorded in 2000 and has a chorus similar to that of "Stand Up," reports MTV.

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