Published Nov 27, 2019JAY-Z is suing Australian retailer the Little Homie for using his name and lyrics in a children's book.
The company sells hip-hop-inspired merchandise, including a book titled AB to JAY-Z.
The book is a tool for teaching children the alphabet with references to rappers like JAY-Z, as well as Snoop Dogg, the Notorious B.I.G. and others. It was originally published in 2017, after raising funds via Kickstarter.
Additionally, the back cover features a riff on JAY-Z's lyrics for "99 Problems." It reads: "If you're having alphabet problems I feel bad for you son, I got 99 problems but my ABC's ain't one!"
JAY-Z claims that the company is infringing on his intellectual property and has accused them of profiting from his likeness, as well as violating copyright on his lyrics.
According to Australian newspaper The Age, JAY-Z's lawyers asked the Little Homie to stop selling products referencing him back in 2018, but the issue has not been resolved. They now claim that the company is "deliberately and knowingly" using his image in a "flagrant, glaring" way.
The new complaint was filed on November 22. According to online documents, the first court hearing in the case is slated to take place on December 6.