Lil Wayne, Birdman hit with copyright suit
Man says label used repartee without pay, permissionNEW YORK -- A Florida man wants rappers Lil Wayne and Birdman to show him respect -- for using his voice on a song with that title.
Thomas Marasciullo filed a copyright infringement lawsuit Friday in a Manhattan federal court against the rappers, their record label and various music distribution outlets.
The lawsuit says Cash Money Records had him record some "Italian-styled" repartee in 2006. The suit says his work was used without pay or permission on "Respect" and other tracks from the rappers' joint 2006 album "Like Father, Like Son" and Birdman's 2007 album "5 Star Stunna."
A lawyer and representatives for the label didn't immediately return messages.
The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages for Marasciullo, who lives in Florida's Hernando County.