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Friday, May 26, 2006

Ludacris, Kanye West Sued for Infringement

The group I.O.F. (It's Only Family) is getting its day in court against hip-hop artist Ludacris (Christopher Bridges) and his producer Kanye West. I.O.F. says the artists copied parts of the group's song "Straight Like That" for Ludacris' hit "Stand Up." In Tuesday's courtroom proceeding, Ludacris' attorney said any similarities are simply the result of the culture out of which the songs arose. Wednesday, the judge questioned Mr. West and got an education in hip-hop. The trial should last another week.

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