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Writer files suit against creators of Tupac biopic for copyright infringement

June 25, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Writer files suit against creators of Tupac biopic for copyright infringement

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A writer has filed a lawsuit against the creators of the new Tupac Shakur biopic for copyright infringement, claiming certain portions of the movie were based on articles he had written about the legendary rap artist.

The lawsuit filed in federal court on Friday accuses the creators of “All Eyez On Me” of using content from articles and interviews with Tupac conducted by Kevin Powell for Vibe magazine in the 1990’s.

The suit cites one example of the infringement involves a fictional character in the film, Nigel, which Powell claims is based on Jacques “Haitian Jack” Agnant, who he had written about in one of his magazine articles, The Associated Press reported.

The Official Teaser Trailer for “All Eyes on Me” – Tupac Shakur Biopic – YouTube

“There are stories with fictional characters and re-worked narratives that are unique to the Original Work that appears in the Infringing Work,” the suit said. “Rather than contact Plaintiff, Defendants, while fully aware of Plaintiff’s copyright in the Original Work, willfully and improperly developed, produced, filmed and released the Infringing Work derived from Plaintiff’s Original Work.”

The writer is suing Program Pictures, Morgan Creek Pictures, Lionsgate, along with screenwriters and producers of the film.

Representatives for Lionsgate or Morgan Creek Pictures did not immediately respond to email requests for comment.

Powell’s lawyer, Keith White, said Powell’s “exclusive and intimate access” to Shakur was the result of trust his client had established over the years.

“The narrative that Kevin developed from many intense and exclusive moments with Tupac should not have been used in any film without Kevin’s approval and consultation,” White said in a statement Saturday.

“All Eyez On Me” opened last weekend at No. 3 with $27.1 million.

Critics have given negative reviews for the movie and Jada Pinkett Smith, a close friend of Shakur’s, disclaimed several scenes in the film and called her portrayal “deeply hurtful.”

Shakur, one of the most prolific figures in hip-hop, was fatally gunned down in 1996.

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