Jay Z and Dr. Dre Want Gospel Group’s Lawsuit Dismissed

FILE - In this May 1, 2013 file photo, Jay-Z arrives at "The Great Gatsby" world premiere in New York City’s  Avery Fisher Hall. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)
FILE – In this May 1, 2013 file photo, Jay-Z arrives at “The Great Gatsby” world premiere in New York City’s Avery Fisher Hall. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

Jay Z and Dr. Dre are pushing back against a 1970’s gospel group who accused the rappers of stealing their music and lyrics without permission, reports Radar Online.

In November, Clara Shepherd Warrick and Jimmy Lee Weary of the gospel group Crowns of Glory sued the rappers for copyright infringement over their 1976 song “I’m So Grateful (Keep in Touch),” alleging that the Universal Music Group artists illegally used music, lyrics, names and likenesses on Rick Ross’ song, “3 Kings.”

In the lawsuit, they claimed their original spiritual tune has been forever defaced by “unsavory language” in “3 Kings.”

In the newly-filed court docs, the rap icons revealed the group previously tried to sue for the same infringement, but it was dismissed by a judge.

“In February 2013, Plaintiffs filed a Complaint asserting claims of copyright infringement and related state law claims against
Defendants.

On July 17, 2013, this Court dismissed that Complaint with prejudice,” the hip-hop stars said in court docs. “Nevertheless, four months later, Plaintiffs filed their action asserting the same specious claims.”

Dr. Dre and Jay Z further explained that the gospel duo gave up their rights to the song through an agreement they entered into with Universal Music more than 35 years ago.

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