JAY-Z Sues Australian Children’s Book Author For Using His Name & Lyrics Without Permission

Published At: 08 December 2019 , 03:57 PM

The author and her husband were earlier caught wearing blackface and doing racial slurs.

JAY-Z has claimed Australian author Jessica Chiha and her company, The Little Homie, over AB to Jay-Z, a textbook that utilises pictures of rappers and their songs to educate children the alphabet. According to The Sydney Morning Herald, the Brooklyn rapper declares Chiha "knowingly infringed on his trademarks and engaged in misleading and dishonest conduct" by selling the book.

Court papers filed in the Federal Court of Victoria claim the books infringe on the copyright of the lyrics to Jay's 2004 hit, "99 Problems." As the filing points out, the back cover carries a quote flipping the song's hook.

According to Jay's legal team at King & Wood Mallesons, the rapper initially suggested The Little Homie to stop selling the book in March 2018. However, the company allegedly resumed to "deliberately and knowingly" manage his likeness and lyrics in a "flagrant, glaring" way.

The claim continues the use of Jay's name, image, and wording was "determined to injure, has injured, and is continuing to injure the reputation and goodwill of Mr Carter."

Back in 2017, The Little Homie raised $8,000 on Kickstarter to create the photo book. However, Chiha and her husband Danny Chiha—who are white—became embroiled in controversy over their value of the n-word to support the book. Photos also found of Danny Chiha wearing blackface.

The Sydney Morning Herald stated that Chiha said she was "unbelievably frustrated" to find itself caught in a legal battle "with someone whose music we love and adore." She replied that her business was established to help parents encourage literacy while celebrating her love for hip-hop.

"We refer to a full host of hip-hop artists in the books, but to have someone like Jay-Z file judicial proceedings is daunting beyond knowledge and hugely dispiriting," Chiha stated. "We declare we have done nothing wrong and aim to give it everything we've got for common sense and the good to prevail, to the extent we can fight the fight."

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