50 Cent filed a copyright lawsuit against popular hip-hop website WorldStarHipHop back in 2009, and recently won a victory in court over the matter.
In the lawsuit, the hip-hop mogul claimed that the website used his likeness, without permission, on its masthead, giving visitors the impression that he was affiliated with the company.
This week, The Hollywood Reporter reports that a federal judge ruled in Fif’s favor, denying claims that 50 Cent’s image was plastered on WSHH in “fair use.”
“Defendants provide no authority to support the fair use of a celebrity’s image or likeness,” court documents said. “This is not surprising, as a celebrity’s image, standing alone, only evokes that celebrity’s persona. Jackson’s image does not, by itself, describe anything about Defendants’ website.”
It’s unclear what type of settlement will be imposed for damages, if any.