50 Cent told his lawyers to get the strap and now he’s suing a hip-hop website over a photo of his used in a story about him (maybe) selling the rights to his trademark phrase.
According to court documents obtained by The Blast, 50 claims the website HipHopDX.com used a photo of him, which he claims was taken from his Instagram, alongside an article about him and Bellator MMA.
50 seemed to take issue with the article — which called his claim of licensing the rights to “get the strap” for merchandise “fake news” — and posted on his Instagram, “This shit is fake news Justin lvey, you better go fact check. Matter of fact I’m gonna sue you and this website for using my picture in the morning.”
In the lawsuit, 50 says the text of the article was updated, but the photo remained.
50 claims HipHopDX should have known the photo “was copyrighted, and knew or should have known that it did not have license, permission, or consent to reproduce and display” it.
He is seeking damages in excess of $150,000.