LOS ANGELES (LALATE EXCLUSIVE) – Young Money and Cash Money are being sued for the song “Lil Secrets”, LALATE can exclusively report. But it’s a mystery from the complaint where Lil Secrets has been allegedly used by Young Money.
Plaintiff claims his song, “Lil Secrets”, was allegedly sold to Young Money in 2010 without authorization. As fans know, Bow Wow and Lil Twist on Young Money released a 2010 single by the name of “Little Secrets”. But plaintiff does not indicate in his complaint if the Bow Wow / Lil Twist song is the exploitation at issue in this case.
Michael Tilley claims the track Lil Secrets was authored for him by producer Paul Tisdale. Tilley asserts that, under the contract, Tisdale allegedly consented that Tilley would own all rights to the Lil Secret. But thereafter, Tisdale is accused of taking the song and allegedly selling it to Young Money, Cash Money, and Universal Music Group in 2010.
The vaguely written complaint in the case was originally filed in Texas state court. But now, the case was removed to federal court under Judge Marcia A. Crone. The complaint, not yet amended, does not assert copyright infringement but breach of contract.
The complaint is not clear about the purported exploitation of the Lil Secret. “On or about June 26, 2010, Tilley discovered a video of the song he had recorded d and to which he owned the rights”.
The complaint doesn’t state if any Young Money artists released the track on an album, on a mixtape, or as a single. But rather it says “Defendants collectively held royalties in trust for the benefit of the owners of the royalties.” It remains vague from the complaint where the exploitation of Lil Secret occurred after the purported sale of the track in 2010 to Young Money.
Young Money successful got the case removed to federal court this week. The case is Tilley v. Tisdale et al (1:12-cv-00367-MAC) in U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas.