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Rick Ross wins legal beef with 50 Cent: the Second Circuit holds that 50 Cent’s Publicity Right claim is preempted by the Copyright Act

Rappers 50 Cent and Rick Ross have been embroiled in a public dispute for more than a decade; what began with diss tracks back-and-forth has culminated in an important IP decision from the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. Considering the right of publicity afforded under state law when a copyrighted work is implicated, the Second Circuit held that 50 Cent’s right of publicity claim is preempted by the Copyright Act in In re Jackson.

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