Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit Upholds Ruling in Favor of 50 Cent in Copyright Case

The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has granted a victory to Robins Kaplan LLP’s client Curtis Jackson, aka 50 Cent, in a copyright case related to his 2007 hit record "I Get Money."

The plaintiff in the matter, Tyrone Simmons, claimed he purchased the beat behind the hit record in 2006 from hip-hop producer William Stanberry. In June of 2007, Stanberry sold the beat to 50 Cent, who then released "I Get Money" and sold 2 million copies of the single. Simmons filed a lawsuit against Stanberry and 50 Cent in December 2010, more than three years after the song had been released.

In July 2014, a judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York dismissed Simmons’ infringement claims, finding that his case was time-barred and he had waited too long to file his lawsuit. Today, the Second Circuit affirmed the district court’s previous conclusion, ruling in favor of Stanberry and 50 Cent.

David Leichtman, partner in the firm’s Intellectual Property and Business Litigation groups, represented 50 Cent in the appeal and argued the case. Partner Craig Weiner also represents 50 Cent. The case is Simmons v. Stanberry, case number 14-3106, in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.