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According to reports, Lil Wayne is headed back to court. This time the 27-year-old rapper is facing a lawsuit from The Royalty Network, a company which collects royalties for songwriters and music publishers.
The $2.5 million dollar copyright infringement lawsuit, which was filed in Manhattan Federal Court yesterday (February 15), claims that Mrs. Officer was produced by Darius “Deezle” Harrison, and he owns the rights to the song. The hit single featured R&B singer Bobby V and rapper Kidd Kidd, and peaked at number two on Billboard’s Hot Rap Tracks chart. Harrison is seeking all profits deriving from the song.
As a producer Harrison worked on several other songs on Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter III including Let The Beat Build and Lollipop.
Spring of last year, an Atlanta producer named Michael “Mali Boy” Bradford came forward and claimed he was the original producer of the track. He filed a copyright infringement suit in Georgia in January 2009 against Wayne and Harrison, and stated in the complaint that Harrison remade the track owned by him without permission.
In related news, Wayne was supposed to report to jail to begin serving his one-year sentence for an attempted weapons possession charge earlier this month, but it was pushed back, so the rapper could undergo dental surgery in Miami.