August 11, 2009

Rapper, hockey team sue for a song

The Carolina Hurricanes hockey team and hip-hopper Tyrone Banks are suing each other over a song the artist produced and named after the team, attorneys say.

In federal lawsuits filed Friday, Banks accused the team of breach of contract and copyright infringement when the team used the song Carolina Hurricanes in commercials and on the team Web site without his permission, The (Raleigh) News & Observer reported Tuesday. In its suit, the team accused Banks of misusing trademarks by referring to the rap as the official Carolina Hurricanes song and by wearing a 'Canes jersey in promotional material.

Banks, known professionally as Tye Banks and owner of Tytanium Music, is seeking more than $10,000 in damages, the lawsuit said.

The Hurricanes' suit doesn't include a dollar amount but claims Banks' actions caused great and irreparable harm to Hurricanes Hockey.

Hurricanes' general counsel, William Traurig, said both sides were trying to settle the issues for months, but discussions have stalled.