Drake and LeBron James sued for $10 million for ‘Black Ice’ film
There will reportedly be a $10 million lawsuit against LeBron James and Drake over the “intellectual property rights” of their song “Black Ice,” as reported by The Post.
This film, titled “Black Ice,” depicts a fictionalised version of the history of a Canadian hockey league that was exclusively for black players.
According to the Post, Billy Hunter, a former federal prosecutor and former head of the NBA Players Association, wants a cut of the documentary and $10 million for the rights to produce “any film about the Colored Hockey League.”
According to Billy Hunter’s lawsuit, just because LeBron James, Drake, and Maverick Carter (LeBron’s business partner) are famous in their areas does not give them the right to take someone else’s creative work.
Hunter is quoted as saying in the Post, “LeBron James, Drake, and their entertainment companies left me out of their deal with the authors of Black Ice: The Lost History of the Colored Hockey League of the Maritimes, 1895-1925.”
During those years, from 1895 to the 1930s, there was a league called the Colored Hockey League.
The case was brought by Billy Hunter before Manhattan’s state supreme court.
The lawsuit claims that Billy Hunter spent out $265,000 to acquire the rights to make a film. Even so, it is not just LeBron and Drake who are participating.
According to The Post, Hunter has enlisted the help of authors George Fosty and Darril Fosty to “allegedly violating the agreement” with Billy Hunter.
On September 10, the documentary will have its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. Hubert Davis, who was nominated for an Oscar, directed it.
According to The Post, Billy Hunter has filed suit against the books’ authors and the publishing company, claiming “breach of contract” and “tortious interference” from the James and Drake teams.
To litigate property rights was not what they anticipated. As a result, they anticipated my departure. It was reported in The Post that they gambled by Billy Hunter.