From Jay to Z

20 December 2019

Rapper Jay-Z has sued an Australian author for trademark and copyright infringement over a children’s book.

Jessica Chiha, the author of the children’s book “A B to Jay-Z” published in 2017 by her Kickstarter-funded company, has upset the rapper.

Jay-Z’s complaint states that the “use of his name, likeness and references to ‘99 problems’ in the book is ‘a deliberate and knowing attempt to trade off the reputation and goodwill’ of the rapper, and uses his intellectual property ‘for their own commercial gain.’”

Chiha also sells two versions of a ‘99 problems’ t-shirt, named after a song by Jaz-Z, and aptly used in the book as “I Got 99 Problems but my children learning their ABC’s ain’t one!”.

This will likely be a court case we will follow from A to Z (pun intended, of course).

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