'Most hated man' Martin Shkreli sued over Wu-Tang Clan album art

NEW YORK -- A Long Island artist sued ex-pharmaceutical CEO Martin Shkreli and others Tuesday over the use of his art in a Wu-Tang Clan album, saying he never expected portraits he posted on a fan blog two years ago to be used without his permission.

See Full Article

Artist Jason Koza said in the Manhattan federal court copyright infringement lawsuit that his portraits of members of the New York-based hip-hop group were used without authorization on an album Shkreli bought for $2 million.

The lawsuit comes after Shkreli's recent not guilty plea in Brooklyn federal court to securities fraud charges claiming he cheated investors in companies he created.

Shkreli, 32, became widely known last year after a drug company he founded, Turing Pharmaceuticals, spent $55 million for the U.S. rights to sell a life-saving medicine called Daraprim and then raised the price from $13.50 to $750 per pill. In recent testimony before a congressional committee investigating the price of drugs, he remained silent, citing the Fifth Amendment on the advice of his attorney, Benjamin Brafman. Brafman declined to comment on the lawsuit.

Koza, of Copiague, New York, said he learned that some of his portraits were in a 174-page book included with the album titled "Once Upon a Time in Shaolin" when he saw a news article after the sole copy of the album was reportedly sold to Shkreli. The lawsuit said Shkreli is prohibited from distributing further copies of the album commercially for 88 years.

He sought unspecified damages from Shkreli, a Wu-Tang leader, a music producer and the album's auctioneer. Other defendants did not immediately comment.

The lawsuit said that Koza, a musician who works for the Town of Babylon Department of Public Works, primarily creates ink-on-paper portraits of individuals such as David Bowie, Abraham Lincoln, Paul McCartney and Jim Morrison.

His portraits of Wu-Tang Clan members, created in 2013 and 2014, were comic-book-style depictions of the artists with titles such as "Ghostface Killa-Koza," "Inspecta Deck-Koza" and "U-God-Koza," the lawsuit said. It noted that he deposited applications to register all nine of his Wu-Tang Clan portraits with the U.S. Copyright Office on Feb. 1.



Advertisements

Latest Entertainment News

  • Exclusive: Mary Jo Eustace isn’t livid over Tori & Dean’s pricey baby shower — but is seeking $100K+ in support payments

    Entertainment Toronto Sun
    For over a decade Mary Jo Eustace, 43, has withstood the storm — now she is the storm. Just not quite the way the story was recently reported. The Los Angeles-based media personality, a Toronto native, recently filed contempt of court allegations against her former husband, Dean McDermott, whom Eustace says owes her over $100,000 in past-due, court-ordered support payments. Source
  • Baseball's Hall of Fame to honour episode of 'The Simpsons'

    Entertainment CTV News
    COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. - Baseball's Hall of Fame will honour "The Simpsons" on May 27 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the show's "Homer at the Bat" episode. First televised on Feb. 20, 1992, "Homer at the Bat" featured future Hall of Famers Wade Boggs, Ken Griffey Jr. Source
  • Exclusive: Mary Jo Eustace isn’t livid over Tori & Dean’s pricey baby shower — but is seeking '$100K+ in unpaid spousal support'

    Entertainment Toronto Sun
    For over a decade Mary Jo Eustace, 43, has withstood the storm — now she is the storm. Just not quite the way the story was recently reported. The Los Angeles-based media personality, a Toronto native, recently filed contempt of court allegations against her former husband, Dean McDermott, whom Eustace says owes her over $100,000 in past-due, court-ordered support payments. Source
  • Jamie Foxx target of alleged racial slur in Croatia

    Entertainment Toronto Sun
    DUBROVNIK, Croatia — Croatian police have filed disorderly conduct charges against two people who allegedly used a racial slur to insult Hollywood actor Jamie Foxx in a restaurant. Police said they acted after receiving reports Sunday of “particularly arrogant and rude” insults made against restaurant guests, including “one of the guests on racial grounds. Source
  • Amber Tamblyn and David Cross welcome baby girl

    Entertainment Toronto Sun
    Actress Amber Tamblyn and her comedian husband David Cross have become parents for the first time. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants star revealed the exciting news on her Instagram account on Tuesday. “David and I are proud to announce the birth of our daughter, Dauphinoise Petunia Brittany Scheherazade Von Funkinstein Mustard Witch RBG Cross Tamblyn-Bey jr. Source
  • Jamie Foxx target of racial slur in Croatia

    Entertainment Toronto Sun
    DUBROVNIK, Croatia — Croatian police have filed disorderly conduct charges against two people who allegedly used a racial slur to insult Hollywood actor Jamie Foxx in a restaurant. Police said they acted after receiving reports Sunday of “particularly arrogant and rude” insults made against restaurant guests, including “one of the guests on racial grounds. Source
  • Buffy Sainte-Marie, Tanya Tagaq collaborate on new song

    Entertainment CBC News
    Two powerhouses of Canada's Indigenous music scene have lifted the curtain on a new collaboration. Buffy Sainte-Marie and Tanya Tagaq paired for the track You Got To Run (Spirit Of The Wind), which has debuted online. Source
  • Samuel L. Jackson on ‘Split’s’ ‘Unbreakable’ tease: ‘I found out with everyone else’

    Entertainment Toronto Sun
    Samuel L. Jackson, who co-starred in M. Night Shyamalan’s 2000 sci-fi thriller Unbreakable, found out that a sequel is being planned the way the rest of us did – by watching the movie Split. SPOILER ALERT! The big reveal at the end of Shyamalan’s Split came after one of the psychotic multiple personalities manifested by James McAvoy’s character developed superpowers, and escaped police pursuit. Source
  • Chris Brown ordered to stay away from ex-girlfriend

    Entertainment CBC News
    A judge has ordered R&B singer Chris Brown to stay away from his ex-girlfriend after she accused him of physically abusing and threatening her. The Grammy winner was ordered to stay 100 yards (91 metres) away from Karrueche Tran and not attempt to contact her after she wrote in court filings that Brown had repeatedly threatened her since December. Source
  • David Bowie lightning bolt memorial planned in London

    Entertainment CBC News
    Artists and activists want to create a permanent memorial to David Bowie in the London neighbourhood where he was born. Plans were unveiled Tuesday for a three-storey-tall lightning bolt sculpture, inspired by the cover of Bowie's album Aladdin Sane. Source