Now this is troubling news. International music company EMI is reportedly suing both Terminal Reality and 4mm Games for failing to properly license or acquire a whopping 54 songs used in the rhythm game Def Jam: Superstar. Why they’re just getting around to this lawsuit when the game came out in 2010 is beyond me. EMI is suing for a share in net profits for a yet unspecified amount, in addition to the jaw-dropping $8 Million they’ll be seeking for the theft of the 54 songs.
EMI says that their attempts to contact Terminal Reality and 4mm were met with silence, and that although they don’t possess full ownership for all of the songs, they possess at least partial ownership of each of them; even songs that merely sample another song they do own. The allegedly infringing tracks are performed by a variety of hip hop acts, including Lil Wayne, MIMS, Kanye West, and many more.
Hopefully all of the involved companies can settle in a manner that doesn’t completely destroy the developers.