Biggie's debut to be pulled off shelves

Published: 2006-03-21
An American federal judge has ordered stores to stop all sale of the Notorious B.I.G.'s 1994 debut album Ready to Die on March 17.

According to E!Online, US District Judge Todd Campbell banned sales of the album after a federal jury determined that the album's title track illegally used clips from the song "Singing in the Morning" by the Ohio Players.

As punishment the judge has, "imposed a ban on sales of both Biggie's breakthrough album and the offending song in all forms, that not only includes physical CDs, tapes and records, but also Internet downloads and radio play."

In spite of the harsh sentence stores are currently still carrying the titles, and if the ban continues it isn't clear exactly how the punishment will be enforced.

Aside from that Biggie's record producer Sean Combs (aka Puff Daddy, aka P. Diddy, you know who I mean), must pay a hefty $4.2 million in punitive and direct damages to Bridgeport Music and Westbound Records, who won the rights to the Ohio Players songs.

But according to E!Online the case still isn't over.

"Bad Boy Entertainment, Bad Boy LLC, Justin Combs Publishing (so named for Diddy's son), and Universal Music, all named as defendants in the suit, plan to appeal."

Writer: Michelle Garcia



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