Hip-Hop News: Minus P Sues New Line Cinema
Minus says independent rappers cannot afford to give up the rights to their music in movies.
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Posted by Dave
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12/5/2005 12:42:33 PM

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Independent hip-hop rap artist Minus P has collaborated with some of hip-hop’s most influential rap artists, such as The Game and B Real. After several years of grinding and promoting his music, he is now found exchanging court papers alongside NJ-based music producer Armando Diaz ( better known as Outthere of Kat Klaw Productions ) with movie industry powerhouse New Line Cinema.
Just as big music industry moguls look to unsigned talent in the streets to get ideas for their next big ‘act’; it now seems that big movie CEOs are looking to steal the music of unsigned artists for their movie scores.
The reason behind the lawsuit is for the illegal use of a Minus P song on the newly released movie “Havoc.“
Released in late 2005, the film was written by Stephen Gaghan ( Academy Award winner for Traffic ), directed by Barbara Kopple ( two-time Academy Award winner ), and starred Anne Hathaway ( The Princess Diaries-2001 ) and Bijou Phillips ( Venom-2005 ).
The song can be found 28 minutes into the film ( scene 6 on the film’s menu entitled "East Side House Party” ), and lasts over a minute’s time.
This is great promotion for an artist, but the problem is that neither Minus P nor Outthere ever signed any papers giving the film company rights to use the song. Furthermore, no compensation was ever received by either Minus P nor Outthere, and no credit was given for their work.
When contacted about the issue, New Line Cinema declined to comment.

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