LOS ANGELES – Two music artists allege one of their songs was used by Snoop Dogg on his debut album.
Antonio White and Craig Ward filed a complaint on Aug. 4 in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California against Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.; Estate of Nathaniel Hale, doing business as Nate Dogg; Calvin Broadus Jr., doing business as Snoop Dogg; Marion "Suge" Knight; Andre Young, doing business as Dr. Dre; Ricardo Brown, doing business as Kurupt; Warren Griffin III, doing business as Warren G.; and Does 1-5 alleging copyright infringement.
According to the complaint, the plaintiffs allege that in 1992, they registered a song that they co-authored titled “Ain’t No Fun (If The Homies Can’t Have None)," which is also the title of one of Snoop Dogg's songs on his "Doggystyle" album that Knight and Young co-produced at a later date.
The plaintiffs hold the defendants responsible because the defendants allegedly copied portions of plaintiffs’ work, encouraged infringement of portions of the song and gained profit from infringement of plaintiff's work.
The plaintiffs request a trial by jury and seek judgment against defendants, damages, attorney’s fees, costs of suit and further relief the court may deem proper. They are represented by Thomas H. Scully of Law Offices of Thomas Scully in Los Angeles.
U.S. District Court for the Central District of California Case number 16-cv-05831