LeBron James, Drake, and Future face serious lawsuit and may lose a lot of money. Billy Hunter filed a lawsuit, accusing the trio for stealing “intellectual property rights” for the documentary “Black Ice.”
“Hoops star LeBron James and rappers Drake and Future are accused in a new $10 million lawsuit of stealing the ‘intellectual property rights’ to a film — ‘Black Ice’ — about the old, segregated hockey league for black players in Canada, The Post has learned,” the New York Post’s Carl Campanile and Priscilla DeGregory wrote.
“Billy Hunter, former longtime head of the NBA Players Association and ex-federal prosecutor, is seeking a share of profits from the documentary as well as $10 million in damages, in an explosive complaint filed in Manhattan state Supreme Court that alleges he holds the exclusive legal rights to produce any film about the Colored Hockey League that existed from 1895 to the 1930s.”
LeBron James and Drake expect positive outcome of the lawsuit
Hunter came out with serious accusations. He believes that the Los Angeles Lakers superstar and Drake signed a contract with the authors of the book. “Black Ice: The Lost History of the Colored Hockey League of the Maritimes, 1895 to 1925” led to the creation of the documentary. Hunter listed them as defendants in his lawsuit. George and Darril Fosty wrote the book.
“While the defendants LeBron James, Drake and Maverick Carter [LeBron’s business partner] are internationally known and renowned in their respective fields of basketball and music, it does not afford them the right to steal another’s intellectual property,” read the lawsuit filed by Hunter’s attorney Larry Hutcher.
“The complaint alleges that when Hunter confronted the authors after hearing of the separate ‘Black Ice’ film deal with James and Drake, the Fostys ‘speciously claimed’ that the ‘competing venture’ did not violate his ‘exclusive worldwide license’ or film rights because the ‘documentary’ was different and did not violate the agreement,” Campanile and DeGregory wrote.
Hubert Davis directs the documentary and the Toronto International Film Festival will feature it in a few days.
LeBron is the best basketball player of all time, but he is also part of the showbiz. He starred in the Space Jam sequel and will also make a few more projects. This lawsuit won’t touch his legacy. Let’s see how things turn in the end. Fans have different thoughts on this lawsuit, but it’s too soon to make a prediction.