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Jay Z Wins Legal Battle Over Sound Engineer Who Claimed Co-ownership of 45 Songs

TIDAL X: Jay-Z B-sides in NYC
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A jab isn’t the only thing Jay Z is able to dodge, as a 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a win for the rapper and industry mogul on Wednesday (Feb. 24) in a case against Chauncey Mahan, a sound engineer who claimed co-ownership of over 45 songs. As Billboard reports, Mahan worked on Vol 3… The Life and Times of S. Carter and held onto several masters, outtakes and unpublished materials, but, backing up a district court ruling, the appellate court found that Mahan had waited too long to file his copyright claim.

As a result of the ruling, Mahan has been ordered to pay defendants’ attorney fees as well as the fees and costs required for the appeal.

The court decision means one less lawsuit for Jay to worry about, as a number of cases and rulings have emerged with relation to the TIDAL proprietor in recent months. On Feb. 3, it was reported that Hov would avoid any revival of the lawsuit centered around his 2000 hit “Big Pimpin.” A few weeks prior though, he was hit with an $18 million lawsuit stemming from an allegedly botched fragrance licensing deal in conjunction with his cologne Gold Jay Z.

But wait, there’s more. In early January, Universal Music Group was sued over Justin Timberlake and Jay Z’s song “Suit & Tie” due to sampling complications. And in mid-December of 2015, Beyonce and Jay won a sampling lawsuit with regard to their collaborative track “Drunk in Love.”

Of the many problems, legal or otherwise, that Jay has to worry about, this suit is no longer among them. For as the famous saying goes, more problems come with the acquisition of more money, or something like that.

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