Judge Tosses ‘Power’ Copyright Infringement Lawsuit
A district court judge has dismissed author Larry Johnson and editor Blake Keller’s $200 million lawsuit accusing 50 Cent of stealing the concept of “Power” from his book.
Johnson says in 2005, he sent a copy of his book to Nikki Turner at G-Unit Books and is convinced she showed 50 Cent.
He went on to say when the show debuted it was a carbon copy of his manuscript, “Tribulation of a Ghetto Kid.” Unfortunately, for Larry, a judge was not convinced.
The characters in the works also share no significant similarities under copyright law,” the Judge asserts of comparisons between Power’s drug lord and nightclub owner Ghost, played by Omari Hardwick, and Tribulation’s Prince. “Plaintiffs allege that both are smart, wear the same hairstyle and goatee, and desire to leave the drug trade,” notes the ruling from Monday. “Beyond these non-distinctive similarities, the characters are nothing alike.
In other “Power” news…
Season 5 is officially underway as filming kicked off this week in New York City.
Courtney Kemp shared a pic of herself, 50 Cent and Omari Hardwick, and gushed:
Day 2 of shooting! I literally cannot BELIEVE it’s season 5. Thanks to @50cent @omarihardwickofficial and @josephsikora4 for a great day of work today. I love and RESPECT these artists. Yes they are my friends, colleagues and brothers– but they are artists who work hard and give of themselves every day.
Joseph Sikora, who stars as Tommy Egan, is also hyped to be back on grind:
I am anxiously awaiting the new season, which is slated to arrive mid-2018.