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Judge blocks sale of Jay-Z’s first album and its copyright as an NFT



A New York decide has issued a short lived restraining order to dam an alleged try from Roc-A-Fella Information Inc (RAF) co-founder Damon Sprint to promote a tokenized model of Jay-Z’s first album “Reasonable Doubt” together with its copyright.

Sprint nonetheless has claimed he was solely making an attempt to promote his stake in RAF.

Rapper Jay-Z co-founded RAF with Damon Sprint and Kareem Burke again in 1996. The report label has break up possession between the three, with the corporate proudly owning the complete copyright to the album in query.

RAF asserted that Sprint was making an attempt to public sale off a tokenized model of the album and its copyright on SuperFarm on June 23, an NFT market co-created by crypto YouTuber ElioTrades. Whereas that public sale was cancelled the grievance alleges Sprint is “frantically” making an attempt to rearrange one other.

New York District Judge John P. Cronan agreed to halt the sale and restrain Sprint from promoting the copyright to the album till no less than after a July 1 listening to.

A grievance filed on June 18 reveals a quantity of claims towards Sprint, together with breach of fiduciary responsibility, unjust enrichment, conversion, and replevin. It reads:

“The bottom line is simple: Dash can’t sell what he doesn’t own. By attempting such a sale, Dash has converted a corporate asset and has breached his fiduciary duties.”

The complaint cites an announcement from SuperFarm before the auction on June 23, in which the NFT platform said that it is “proud to announce, in collaboration with Damon Dash, the auction of Damon‘s ownership of the copyright to Jay-Z’s first album Reasonable Doubt,” with RAF asserting that the NFT has already been minted on the blockchain.

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The plaintiff’s prayer for reduction consists of nominal damages, punitive damages, the associated fee of the lawsuit and legal professional charges, and the enjoinment of Sprint from promoting any curiosity within the album.

Talking with Rolling Stone on June 22, Sprint slammed the grievance, claiming that he by no means minted the album as an NFT, and was solely making an attempt to promote his stake within the firm:

“There hasn’t been an announcement. There wasn’t an announcement at all. Don’t you think that if I made an announcement that I’m selling Reasonable Doubt you would’ve heard about it?”

“What they’re accusing me of is minting a whole album. So if it’s already minted, it’s already on the blockchain, that means it’s already there. It never happened, and they know it never happened,” he added.

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