Universal Music, the people always bitching about people stealing their stuff, is being sued by a French pornstar because 62% of a vid she appeared in was used without consent for Bow Wow’s “Drank In My Cup” official music video.
This isn’t a case of art imitating art; Rico Da Crook, the dude who directed the vid for “Drank My Cup” actually took Celine Tran’s (a.k.a. Katsuni) video and pretty much just added a few shots of Bow Wow.
I’m assuming Rico Da Crook isn’t his given name, so you have to at least give the guy props for being up front about his whole stance on stealing, and as far as images to appropriate go he picked a good one. Katsuni is one hell of a babe:
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Actually, I don’t know who is responsible. I don’t know who deliberately took Katsuni’s sexy stripper video and rung everything out of it until there was nothing left; not even payment for services rendered. Was it Bow Wow? Was it Universal Music? Was it Rico Da Crook? Or perhaps some unnamed lackey?
Don’t know, don’t much care. I just think it’s wrong. Sure, I “illegally” download music, comics, and books (shhhh), but I’m not appropriating someone else’s art as my own. I’m not making money off of someone else’s blood, sweat, and sexy dance moves.
The original video is a vid Katsuni shot with the French band, Electronic Conspiracy, for the song Conspiracy Strip Club, which means that Katsuni can’t sue for copyright infringement, because she doesn’t own the copyright, BUT she can sue on the basis of a publicity rights claim. I’ll spare you the legal jargon and put it this way: Bow Wow is using Katsuni’s image (tits, ass, legs) and likeness to promote his career and his music, and therein lies the rub. That’s a big no-no these days when personal branding is what it’s all about.
Here’s hoping she gets a big payday! Girl got skillz, she deserves every penny.
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