Hip hop artist Jay Z has won a $7million court case that has been going on for over four years. The case involved a supposed breach of copyright over Jay Z’s Roc-A-Fella Records logo.
The court case was filed back in 2012, after fashion designer Dwayne Walker accused Jay Z and his label associates of stealing a piece of artwork he created in 1995. The artwork in question was a picture of a vinyl record that bares a striking resemblance to the one featured in the current Roc-A-Fella logo.
Jay Z, Roc-A-Fella co-creator Damon Dash and parent company Universal Music Group all denied Walkers claims, and insisted that the Roc-a-Fella logo was in fact designed by an in house artist.
Reuters have reported that Walker had given evidence suggesting that he had signed a contract with Dash that entitled the artist to royalties for the logo. District Judge Andrew Carter stated that there was not enough evidence to suggest that this legal document had ever existed.
Judge Carters decision stated: “This leaves only plaintiff’s own self-serving testimony that he drafted the contract, that he and Dash signed it, and that he lost track of it in 1998.”
Walker’s lawyer Gregory Berry has suggested that Walker will be appealing the courts decision, stating: “Walker made the logo in 1995. Then in 2013, in response to this suit – never before – the defendants find a guy who is willing to claim now that HE made the logo … Sound like a factual question for trial? We agree.”
Jay Z founded Roc-A-Fella Records back in 1995 along with Damon Dash and Kareem Burke. The label has since gone on to become one of the most successful in the world, and attracted a number of popular artists including Kanye West, Jadakiss, Young Gunz and Cam’ron.