99 Problems, lawsuit ain’t one! Jay Z wins Roc-A-Fella logo copyright infringement case
A federal judge has dismissed a $7 million lawsuit accusing Jay Z of breach of contract and copyright infringement against a Bronx, New York clothing designer who claimed to have created the logo for the rap star’s Roc-A-Fella record label.
In a decision on Monday, U.S. District Judge Andrew Carter in Manhattan said Dwayne Walker was not entitled to royalties under a contract allegedly signed two decades ago by Roc-A-Fella co-founder Damon “Dame” Dash.
The plaintiff claimed in his July 2012 lawsuit to have created artwork in 1995 depicting a vinyl record that became the basis for the Roc-A-Fella logo.
Jay Z, Dash, Roc-A-Fella and its parent Universal Music Group Inc, a unit of France’s Vivendi SA, countered that a Roc-A-Fella art director created the logo.
The logo includes a superimposed “R,” and has been used on items generating hundreds of millions of dollars of sales.
In a 32-page decision, Carter found a lack of evidence that the contract even existed.
He said only two people other than Walker claimed to have seen it, and their testimony was not strong enough to be used.
Walker plans to appeal, his lawyer Gregory Berry said.