Royalty Payments and Jay Z's Copyright Lawsuit Victory

Sound engineer Chauncey Mahan has now all but exhausted his remedies in a copyright claim against rapper Jay Z after the Second Circuit affirmed a district court ruling against him and remanded the case for further damages calculations. In July, a Manhattan judge awarded Jay Z $253,000 in attorney’s fees after saying that Mahan’s claim was “objectively unreasonable.” Mahan sued Jay Z, Roc-A-Fella Records, and Roc Nation in 2014, alleging that he had a copyright interest in more than 40 songs that he worked on with the rap superstar. 

Learn why it's a "hard knock life" for IP litigants who pursue frivolous claims. Read more about Copyright Law. 


In addition to Thriving Attorney, Darin M. Klemchuk is founder of Klemchuk LLP, a litigation, intellectual property, and transactional law firm located in Dallas, Texas.  He also co-founded Project K, a charity devoted to changing the world one random act of kindness at a time.  Click to read more about Darin Klemchuk's practice as an intellectual property lawyer.

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