Jay-Z’s Legal Woes Continue
It seems as though the empire that Jay-Z built is constantly under attack. In 2004, R. Kelly sued him for the “Best of Both Worlds Tour” disaster.
In 2005, pro wrestler Diamond Dallas Page sued Jay-Z over the Rocafella diamond hand sign. In 2006, Jay-Z sued a celebrity chef by the name of Terry Miller for using the word Rockafella to name his restaurant in the United Kingdom. In 2009 Jay-Z sued a tea house in Alabama for illegally using his and Rihanna‘s hit song “Umbrella.”
And most recently Jay-Z is suing David Ortiz, Red Sox baseball star.
Jay-Z famously owns the 40/40 Club. Ortiz opened a 4-0/40 Club. See what he did there? Jay-Z filed the lawsuit in Manhattan Federal Court. It may seem incredibly obvious Ortiz stole the name from Jay-Z but according to extensive research Wikipedia, 40-40 is “a baseball term, whose players have accumulated a total of 40 home runs and 40 stolen bases in a single season.”
Isn’t this like naming a club Triple Double which is the basketball term for accumulating double-digit numbers in three categories—points, rebounds, assists, steals, or blocked shots—in one game? Can you really copyright a widely used term? Did David Ortiz blatantly rip off Jay-Z’s club name or is Jay-Z wrong for naming a club after sports terminology? Let’s see what the courts have to say about this one.