Rapper victorious in copyright infringement suit

Author sued 50 Cent over the film “Before I Self Destruct”

A federal judge in New Jersey recently dismissed a copyright infringement case against rapper 50 Cent. Shadrach Winstead, an author and former gang member, filed suit against 50 Cent in November 2009 claiming the rapper stole elements of Winstead’s book, “The Preacher’s Son—But the Streets Turned Me into a Gangster,” and used them in his movie. 50 Cent denied the claims.

50 Cent’s film, “Before I Self Destruct,” had similarities to Winstead’s book, but the rapper’s lawyers argued those similarities were minor.


Cathleen Flahardy

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