Ghostface Killah Loses Lawsuit Over “Iron Man Theme” Sample


After a three year long copyright infringement lawsuit, “The Marvel Super Heroes” composer Jack Urbont has won on a default judgement against Wu-Tang Clan member Ghostface Killah. The lawsuit stemmed from Ghostface sampling the “Iron Man Theme” for his 2000 album Supreme Clientele. Ghostface failed to show up for a deposition, and was given several warnings about sanctions and a default judgment. The Wu emcee failed to respond or reschedule which ultimately led to this legal blow.

“We obviously are pleased with the court’s decision and believe it to be correct and just,” Urbont’s attorney Richard Busch said, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “As far as Mr. Coles (Ghostface) is concerned, we will now submit evidence on damages to establish actual and statutory damages for willful infringement of Mr Urbont’s composition, and to establish our entitlement to actual and punitive damages for the willful infringement of Mr. Urbont’s sound recording. The default judgment does not apply to Sony, so the claims against Sony remain to be litigated.”

According to The Hollywood Reporter, a lien could be placed on Ghostface Killah’s Wu-Tang Clan royalties, if Urbont is granted a large sum due to the lawsuit.





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