Rapper 50 Cent won his latest court battle on Thursday (September 22nd) in a federal court in Newark, New Jersey where a judge dismissed a copyright infringement allegation against both 50 Cent and his record label, G-Unit.
The plaintiff, author Shadrach Winstead, claimed the rapper plagiarized his book, The Preacherâ€™s Son â€“ But the Streets Have Turned Me Into a Gangster, directly ripping off elements for 50 Cent’s 2009 movie and album of the same name, Before I Self Destruct. A spokesperson for 50 Centâ€™s legal team reportedly told the media that the judge tossed the case after determining that the book and the movie were significantly different, with the only genuine similarities being a main character who came up on the mean streets of Newark. Common phrases that appear in both artistsâ€™ work were deemed common and not a point of copyright infringement.
Earlier this month, 50 Cent was forced to change the name of his upcoming movie to All Things Fall Apart, adding the word â€œAllâ€ after famed Nigerian author Chinua Achebe threatened to sue in an effort to protect his iconic 1958 novel, Things Fall Apart. Achebe turned down a substantial out-of-court settlement offer, prompting 50 Cent to willingly change the title.