Media organisation hits Snoop Dogg with copyright infringement lawsuit

Snoop Dogg, real name Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr, has found himself on the receiving end of a copyright infringement lawsuit, after posting a video of protestors climbing a Manhattan office building. The suit was filed by FreedomNews.TV, claiming that the video posted on Snoop’s Instagram was an “exact copy” of their own original clip, filmed back in April, in which a protestor fell to the ground while trying to climb the office building.

Executives at FreedomNews also accused the rapper of violating the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). This American copyright legislation prohibits the removal of content management information used on copyright-protected works, and Snoop’s video post did exactly that, as it removed the credits.

The claim states that the defendant “purposefully failed to include the video credit originally conveyed with the video in order to mislead the public into believing  that defendant either owned the video or had legitimately licenced it”. The rapper’s representatives are yet to comment on the matter, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled for further updates on this lawsuit.

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