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Owerko v. U-God

Owerko v. U-God

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Photographer Wu-Tang member U-God and his record label for copyright infringement over unauthorized use of his photograph of a boombox for album cover.
Photographer Wu-Tang member U-God and his record label for copyright infringement over unauthorized use of his photograph of a boombox for album cover.

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Published by: Mark H. Jaffe on Sep 13, 2013
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13
CV
64201
JS
44C/SDNY
REV.
5/2010
CIVIL
COVERSHEET
JUDGE
OETKEN
The
JS-44
civil
cover
sheet
and
theinformation
contained
herein
neither
replace
nor
supplement
the
filing
andservice
"fJjj^P
1£
7T]
[3
pleadingsorotherpapersasrequiredbylaw,exceptasprovidedbylocalrulesofcourt.Thisform,approvedbythe
Judicial
Conference
oftheUnited
States
in
September
1974,
isrequiredfor
use
oftheClerkof
Court
forthe
purpose
of
initiatingthecivildrfbketsheet.
PLAINTIFFS
LYLE
OWERKO
DEFENDANTS
SOUL
TEMPLE
ENTERTAINMENT,
LLC;
and
LAMONT
JODY
HAWKINS,
a/k/a
U-GOD
ATTORNEYS
(FIRM
NAME,
ADDRESS,
AND
TELEPHONE
NUMBER
ATTORNEYS
(IF
KNOWN)
Nelson
&
McCulloch
LLP,
155East
56thStreet,
New
York,
New
York
10022646-704-4900
CAUSEOF
ACTION
(cite
the
u.s.civil
statute
under
which
you
are
filing
and
write
a
brief
statement
of
cause)
(DONOTCITEJURISDICTIONAL
STATUTESUNLESS
DIVERSITY)
Copyrightinfringement,17U.S.C.
§§101,
etseq.
Hasthisora
similar
casebeen
previously
filed
in
SDNY
atany
time?
No?
[7]Yes?Judge
PreviouslyAssigned
If
yes,
was
this
case
Vol.D
Invol.
D
Dismissed.
Nod
Yes
D
If
yes,
give
date.
&
Case
No.
(PLACEAN[x]INONEBOXONLY)
NATURE
OF
SUIT
ACTIONS
UNDER
STATUTESTORTS
FORFEITURE/PENALTY
BANKRUPTCY
OTHER
STATUTESPERSONAL
INJURY
PERSONAL
INJURY
[
]610
AGRICULTURE
[]
422
APPEAL[
]400
STATE
CONTRACT
|
]620
OTHERFOOD
&
28USC158
REAPPORTIONMENT
I
1310
AIRPLANE
[
]362
PERSONAL
INJURY
-
DRUG
[]
423
WITHDRAWAL[
]410
ANTITRUST
[]110INSURANCE
[
]315
AIRPLANE
PRODUCT
MEDMALPRACTICE
1
1625
DRUG
RELATED
28
USC
157
[I430
BANKS
&
BANKING
[]120MARINE
LIABILITY
[
]365
PERSONAL
INJURY
SEIZUREOF
[
]450
COMMERCE
[
]130
MILLERACT[
]320
ASSAULT,
LIBEL&
PRODUCT
LIABILITY
PROPERTY
[
]460
DEPORTATION
[]140NEGOTIABLE
SLANDER
[
]368
ASBESTOS
PERSONAL21
USC
881
PROPERTY
RIGHTS
[
]470
RACKETEER
INFLU
INSTRUMENT
[
]330
FEDERALINJURY
PRODUCT
[
]630
LIQUORLAWS
ENCED
&
CORRUPT
[
]150
RECOVERYOF
EMPLOYERS'
LIABILITY
[
]640
RR
&
TRUCK
K820
COPYRIGHTS
ORGANIZATIONACT
OVERPAYMENT
&
LIABILITY
[
]650
AIRLINE
REGS
[
]830
PATENT(RICO)
ENFORCEMENTOF
[
]340
MARINE
PERSONALPROPERTY
[
]660
OCCUPATIONAL
[]
840
TRADEMARK
11480
CONSUMERCREDIT
JUDGMENT
[
]345
MARINE
PRODUCT
SAFETY/HEALTH
11490
CABLE/SATELLITE
TV
[]151MEDICAREACT
LIABILITY
[
]370
OTHER
FRAUD
[
]690
OTHER
1)810
SELECTIVE
SERVICE
[
]1S2
RECOVERYOF[
]350
MOTOR
VEHICLE
[
]371
TRUTH
IN
LENDING
SOCIALSECURITY
(
]850
SECURITIES/
DEFAULTED
[
]355
MOTOR
VEHICLE
[
]380
OTHER
PERSONALCOMMODITIES/
STUDENT
LOANS
PRODUCT
LIABILITY
PROPERTY
DAMAGE
LABOR
[
]861
HIA(1395ff)
EXCHANGE
(EXCLVETERANS)
[
]360
OTHERPERSONAL
[
]385
PROPERTY
DAMAGE
[]862BLACKLUNG(923)
[I
875
CUSTOMER
[
]153
RECOVERYOF
INJURY
PRODUCT
LIABILITY
1I
710
FAIRLABOR
[]863DIWC/DIWW(405(g))
CHALLENGEOVERPAYMENT
OF
STANDARDSACT
[]
864
SSIDTITLEXVI
12
USC
3410
VETERAN'S
BENEFITS
I
]720
LABOR/MGMT
[]
865
RSI(405(g))[
]890
OTHER
STATUTORY
[]160STOCKHOLDERSSUITS
RELATIONS
ACTIONS
I)190OTHERCONTRACT[
]730
LABOR/MGMT
[
]891
AGRICULTURAL
ACTS
[]195CONTRACTPRODUCT
REPORTING
&
FEDERALTAXSUITS
I
1892
ECONOMIC
LIABILITY
DISCLOSUREACTSTABILIZATION
ACT
[
J196
FRANCHISE
[
]740
RAILWAY
LABOR
ACT
[
]870
TAXES(U.S.Plaintiffor
[
]893
ENVIRONMENTAL
ACTIONSUNDERSTATUTES
[
]790
OTHER
LABOR
Defendant)
MATTERS
LITIGATION
[]871IRS-THIRDPARTY
1
1894
ENERGY
CIVIL
RIGHTS
PRISONER
PETITIONS
[
]791
EMPL
RET
INC
26
USC7609
ALLOCATION
ACT
REALPROPERTY
SECURITYACT
[
]895
FREEDOM
OF
[
]441
VOTING
[
]510
MOTIONS
TO
INFORMATIONACT
[
]210
LANDCONDEMNATION
[]442
EMPLOYMENT
VACATE
SENTENCE
IMMIGRATION
[
]900
APPEAL
OFFEE
[]220
FORECLOSURE
[I
443
HOUSING/
20
USC2255
DETERMINATION
[]230RENTLEASE&
ACCOMMODATIONS
[
]530
HABEAS
CORPUS
I
)462
NATURALIZATIONUNDEREQUAL
ACCESSEJECTMENT
[
]444
WELFARE
[
]535
DEATHPENALTYAPPLICATION
TO
JUSTICE
[]240
TORTS
TOLAND[
]445
AMERICANSWITH
11540
MANDAMUS
&
OTHER
I
M63
HABEAS
CORPUS-
[
]950
CONSTITUTIONALITY
[]245TORTPRODUCT
DISABILITIES
-
|
]S50
CIVIL
RIGHTS
ALIENDETAINEE
OFSTATESTATUTES
LIABILITY
EMPLOYMENT
|
]555
PRISON
CONDITION
11465
OTHER
IMMIGRATION
[]290ALLOTHER
(
]446
AMERICANSWITH
ACTIONS
REAL
PROPERTY
[
]440
DISABILITIES
-OTHER
OTHER
CIVIL
RIGHTS
Check
if
demanded
in
complaint:
CHECK
IF
THIS
IS
A
CLASS
ACTION
UNDER
F.R.C.P.23
DEMAND$_
OTHER
CheckYESonlyifdemandedincomplaint
JURY
DEMAND:
0YESNO
DO
YOU
CLAIM
THIS
CASE
IS
RELATED
TO
A
CIVIL
CASE
NOWPENDING
IN
S.D.N.Y.?
IF
SO,
STATE:
JUDGE
NO
DOCKET
NUMBER
NOTE:
Please
submit
at
the
timeoffilinganexplanationofwhy
cases
are
deemed
related.
 
(PLACEANxINONEBOX
ONLY)
H1
Original
Proceeding
ORIGIN
II2a.
Removed
from
II3
Remanded
from
II4
Reinstated
orLJ5
Transferred
from
LJ6
Multidistrict
State
CourtAppellateCourt
Reopened
(SpecifyDistrict)Litigation
II
2b.Removed
from
State
Court
AND
atleastone
party
is
pro
se.
II7
Appeal
to
District
Judge
from
Magistrate
JudgeJudgment
(PLACE
ANxINONEBOX
ONLY)
BASIS
OFJURISDICTION
1
U.S.
PLAINTIFF
2
U.S.
DEFENDANT
03
FEDERAL
QUESTION
Q4
DIVERSITY
(U.S.NOTAPARTY)
IF
DIVERSITY,
INDICATE
CITIZENSHIP
BELOW.
(28USC1322,1441)
CITIZENSHIPOFPRINCIPALPARTIES(FORDIVERSITY
CASES
ONLY)
(Placean
[X]
in
one
boxforPlaintiffandoneboxforDefendant)
CITIZEN
OF
THIS
STATEPTFDEF
[11
[11
CITIZEN
ORSUBJECTOF
A
FOREIGNCOUNTRYPTFDEF
[13
[]3
PTF
DEF
INCORPORATEDand
PRINCIPALPLACE
[]5[]5
OFBUSINESS
IN
ANOTHERSTATE
CITIZENOF
ANOTHERSTATE
[]2
[]2
INCORPORATED
or
PRINCIPALPLACE
[]4
|]4
OFBUSINESS
IN
THIS
STATE
PLAINTIFF(S)ADDRESS(ES)ANDCOUNTY(IES)
LYLE
OWERKO
366
BROADWAY
NEW
YORK,
NY
10013
DEFENDANT(S)ADDRESS(ES)ANDCOUNTY(IES)
SOUL
TEMPLEENTERTAINMENT,LLC
3000
MARCUSAVE.,
SUITE
3W4
LAKE
SUCCESS,
NY
11042
FOREIGN
NATION
[16
[
16
DEFENDANT(S)
ADDRESS
UNKNOWNREPRESENTATIONISHEREBY
MADE
THAT,
ATTHIS
TIME,
I
HAVE
BEEN
UNABLE,WITH
REASONABLEDILIGENCE,
TO
ASCERTAIN
THE
RESIDENCEADDRESSES
OF
THEFOLLOWINGDEFENDANTS:
LAMONT
JODY
HAWKINS
NEW
YORK,
NY
Checkone:
THIS
ACTION
SHOULD
BE
ASSIGNED
TO:
WHITEPLAINS
\7\
MANHATTAN
(DONOTcheckeitherboxifthisaPRISONERPETITION.)
DATE9/12/13
RECEIPT
#
SIGNATURE
OF
ATTORNEY
OF
RECORD
A
<0
ADMITTED
TOPRACTICE
IN
THISDISTRICT
[]
NO
Q609
i(l
YES(DATE
ADMITTED
Mo._Yr.
Attorney
BarCode
#DN4940
MAG,
JUDGE
EMS
agistrate
Judge
isto
bedesignated
by
the
Clerk
of
theCourtMagistrate
Judge
is
so
Designated.
Ruby
J.Krajick,
Clerk
of
Court
by.
Deputy
Clerk,DATED
UNITED
STATESDISTRICTCOURT(NEWYORKSOUTHERN)
 
JUDGE
OETKEIV
DanialA.Nelson(DN4940)KevinP.McCulloch(KM0530)
nelson
&
Mcculloch
llp
155
East56thStreet
New
York,
New
York10022
T:
(212)355-6050
F:(646)308-1178
Counsel
for
Plaintiff
IN
THE
UNITED
STATES
DISTRICTCOURTFORTHESOUTHERN
DISTRICT
OF
NEW
YORK
LYLE
OWERKO,
Plaintiff,
SOULTEMPLEENTERTAINMENT,LLC;and
LAMONTJODYHAWKINS,a/k/aU-GOD;
Civil
Action
No.:
COMPLAINT
AND
o
"^
DEMANDFOR
A
JURYJRIAL
-n
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Defendants.
en
Plaintiff
LyleOwerko
("Owerko"
or"Plaintiff),
by
and
throughundersignedcounsel,
pursuant
tothe
applicable
Federal
Rules
of
CivilProcedure
and
the
LocalRules
ofthis
Court,
demands
a
trial
by
jury
of
allclaims
and
issues
so
triable,
andfor
his
Complaintagainst
Defendants
Soul
TempleEntertainment,
LLC
("SoulTemple")
and
Lamont
JodyHawkins,
a/k/a
U-God
("Hawkins")(collectively
referred
to
herein
as
"Defendants"),
herebyasserts
and
alleges
as
follows:

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