Jay-Z wins lawsuit over hit songs
Jay Z dodged a legal bullet regarding his hit songs. The rapper and Roc Nation have won a lawsuit against a sound engineer named Chauncey Mahan. Mahan worked on the Jay Z CD Vol 3… The Life and Times of S. Carter. Guess Mahan will have to find another way to make his money.
After intense drama, Mahan sued Jay Z in July 2014. The sound engineer worked independently with Jay-Z in the 90s. During this time, Mahan kept the masters as well as unreleased songs on his computer. Mahan told someone in Roc-A-Fella that he had the information, but he didn’t but never heard it. According to the sound engineer, Roc Nation made him lose the masters in favor of the unpublished music of rap legends. The police eventually took Mahan’s equipment. To make matters worse, he was accused of stealing the equipment.
Fortunately for Mahan, he was not charged with anything. Since he was not charged, he found a better solution. He decided to pursue the rap legend. Mahan wanted to be seen as a co-owner of Jay-Z’s songs since he worked there. Unfortunately for Mahan, the judge in the case thought it was too late to prosecute.
One of the reasons Lorna Schofield ruled against Mahan was because he knew about the money before deciding to sue. You would think he would have jumped on this trial. He might have won the case if he had done something sooner. He did not receive any money for the song. Mahan claimed that Jay-Z and others stole his work from his hard drive during this setup.
The judge was not impressed that Mahan was using the setup as a means of arguing his case. The judge ruled that everything Jay-Z told the police during the installation was private information. Police did not investigate the hip hop legend. Mahan basically wasted his time with this lawsuit. Did he really think he would have a chance to win?