Being hit with a $2 million lawsuit for someone like pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli isn’t really a big deal.
Hire the best/most expensive lawyer, make a snarky comment on social media following whatever the verdict may be once your people update you, sign on the dotted line, move on. However, when it involves your street cred and recent beef with Wu-Tang, it’s not your average lawsuit.
After Ghostface Killah responded to Shkreli in an 11-minute video of hilarious, epic proportions, no doubt making Ghost victorious in their recent beef, Shkreli was served with a $2 million dollar lawsuit related to the elusive album.
As reported, the lawsuit claims that the artwork featured on the packaging for the Wu-Tang album, Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, was used without permission and the artist, Jason Koza, isn’t about to let that slide.
Shkreli owns the only copy of the album, and has often bragged that he has no intention of listening to the unicorn of an album, but rather bought it to “keep it from the people.”
Koza claims in the lawsuit that he understood his artwork was to appear online regarding the auction, but that the nine pieces of original art had no license or permission to be copied or displayed elsewhere, such as on the album packaging itself.
Wu-Tang’s RZA is being blamed for having the artwork used for the album specifically, while Koza is claiming Shkreli had no right to allow three pieces of his work, depicting Inspectah Deck, Ol’ Dirty Bastard and Raekwon, to appear in an article about the album, as published on Vice.com.
Koza is seeking unspecified damages, as well as profits from copyright infringement in the case.
The parties involved in the lawsuit have yet to comment on the matter.
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