Shkreli has one less legal worry on his shoulders.
The copyright infringement lawsuit against Martin Shkreli, tied to his infamous $2 million purchase of a never-before-heard Wu-Tang LP Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, has been dropped by illustrator Jason Koza.
Wu-Tang fan artist Koza filed suits against Shkreli – as well as Wu-Tang’s auction site Paddle8, RZA and Wu-affiliated producer Tarik “Cilvaringz” Azzougarh – in February for allegedly using his comic book-esque portraits of the hip-hop legends in the 174-page album booklet without permission. Koza originally saw his fansite illustrations – with titles like ‘Ghostface Killa-Koza’ – in this Vice article.
“In our view it is likely that Mr. Koza recognized that he would be unable to maintain an infringement claim against Mr. Shkreli in light of the fair use doctrine,” Shkreli’s lawyer told Billboard on Wednesday (April 20). A fair use is any copying of copyrighted material done for a limited and transformative purpose, such as to comment upon, criticise, or parody a copyrighted work, and can be done without permission from the copyright owner.
Shkreli did not agree to “any conditions or pay any form of settlement in exchange for being dismissed from the case.”
The other defendants’ cases are as yet undecided.
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