Lil’ Wayne is once again facing legal problems, although at least he’s mixing in some copyright infringement with his usual means of running afoul.
Weezy, along with Birdman (also a rapper), have been slapped with a new copyright lawsuit by a Florida resident named Thomas Marasciullo.
Marasciullo accuses both of using his voice without permission on albums.
His story goes like this: Back in 2006, Marasciullo was asked to record “Italian-styled spoken-word recordings” for Cash Money Records and is claiming those recordings were used on four tracks on Lil’ Wayne’s album Like Father, Like Son.
They also appear on Birdman’s 5 (Star) Stunna record, he claims.
Lil Wayne is used to legal battles, but not of the copyright infringement variety. Mostly of the thug variety. The rap star is set to begin a prison term early next year.
Why didn’t he figure this out years ago? He says he only learned his voice was being used after his daughter was trying to download Aretha Franklin’s “Respect” for a ringtone, but mistakenly played the Lil Wayne song of the same name.
On a side note, his daughter must have been traumatized.
Marasciullo also claims that his son was fired from a recording engineer job with Cash Money Records after he started asking bosses for compensation.
Compensation for a job? What a novel concept. Marasciullo is suing Birdman and Lil Wayne, who is going to jail soon, Cash Money and Universal Music.
He is seeking unspecified damages from the rappers. He’d better hope Wayne has enough cash money left, having just had three kids in one year.