LOS ANGELES (LALATE EXCLUSIVE) – Lil Wayne and Drake trial dates have been set for their upcoming separate copyright lawsuits. Lil Wayne (Dwayne Carter) is one of the defendants in music lawsuit Done Deal Enterprises, LLC v. Carter et al. But now that case is set for trial, LALATE can report. Also recently set for trial is Drake’s music case, Ericka Lee v. Drake et al.
Lil Wayne and Drake are defendants in two separate music copyright lawsuits concerning their music released by Cash Money Records, a co-defendant in both cases. But recently the courts in both matters gave the musicians their trial dates. The news moreover came as settlement conferences were set for men.
Lil Wayne’s case went to voluntary settlement discussions before Magistrate Judge Kevin Nathaniel Fox one week ago on July 6. Wayne, in turn, is set to head to trial later this year with the exchange of documents and details between experts due by November 16. The case will be presented before a jury in the U.S. District Court Southern District of New York before Judge John F. Keenan.
On another coast, Drake got his trial date recently in his matter, Ericka Lee v. Drake et al. A private mediation will be held between the parties by March 26 of next year with the trial set for June 18 of that year. The parties have told the court that the trial will last four days.
The Wayne suit concerns the single “Bedrock”, the hit song that many believe helped launch the careers of Nicki Minaj and Drake (not named in the lawsuit). The single, off the 2009 album “We Are Young Money”, became a commercial success. Yet, William Keith created a song entitled “Bedrock” allegedly in June 2008 in Atlanta, Georgia. Plaintiff Done Deal Enterprises claims commercial release of Keith’s Bedrock predated Lil Wayne’s Bedrock. Done Deal claims that it released Keith’s Bedrock track in June 2009 before Lil Wayne’s Bedrock track allegedly in November 2009. Done Deal is suing for willful copyright infringement.
The Drake suit, in contrast, concerns the track “Marvin’s Room”. “Plaintiff never had any rights to [Marvin’s Room] co-writer royalties and denies the characterization that plaintiff was ‘excluded’ from something she had no right to”, Drake’s attorneys stated in their answer to the lawsuit. Drake claims that he and Lee “had a personal relationship” but “denies that it was either a ‘romantic’ relationship or a ‘business’ relationship”.
Lil Wayne, Drake, and Cash Money have denied allegations in both suits.