50 Cent Wins “P.I.M.P” Lawsuit
Parrott claimed that he gave up the rights to his "Bamba" instrumental (which was sampled on "P.I.M.P.") as a result of fraud. Parrott also sued producer Denaun Porter, lawyer Zach Katz, UMG Recordings, Interscope, Aftermath Records, Shady Records and EMI Music Publishing.
Unfortunately for Parrott, a judge dismissed the case on Wednesday (Nov. 16). There was definitive proof that Parrott granted 50 and Dre the rights to "Bamba," so the only chance the producer had was his fraudulent claim. However, U.S. District Judge S. James Otero decided that Parrott had not done his homework, and as a result, he wouldn't be granted any money from the lawsuit.
Otero writes, "[No] reasonable music composer in Parrott's position could have relied 'in good faith' upon a co-producer's statements that the composer's music had 'mistakenly' been incorporated into millions of infringing tracks without anyone notifying or crediting him."
He continues, "Moreover, assuming the truth of Parrott's FAC [first amended complaint], as the Court must at this stage, the only plausible inference is that Parrott failed to conduct any investigation in the truth behind Porter's statements. Thus, Parrott's own allegations defeat his claims."
In case you missed it, go back and read about how this lawsuit came to be. According to TMZ, Parrott claims he sent some instrumentals to Dr. Dre back in 2001. Dre later hit him up saying he chose his "Bamba" beat for Get Rich or Die Tryin', but Parrott was never credited in the album's liner notes. Obviously, Parrott wasn't happy about that and decided to take nearly everyone involved to court.
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