Although “Freeway” Ricky Ross lost the original lawsuit against the rapper Rick Ross for allegedly stealing his name, Freeway Rick will take the process to appeals court with hopes of a judge ruling in his favor.
Earlier this month, a judge ruled that Freeway Rick waited to long to file the original lawsuit, as California law state that a suit for a “publicity statute” must be made within two years of the person becoming notable, but Freeway wasn’t able to file suit in the right amount of time because he was incarcerated.
Even with the judge ruling against him, Freeway still has high hopes of winning the case as he will take the rapper to appeals court, and he feels that the judge will eventually rule in his favor as he refers to the Nestle vs. Christoff case with the belief that the rapper using his name while releasing new music is a republication even though the judge stated earlier that it is a single publication.
Freeway Rick tells THR:
California Appeals Court briefs are due in a few weeks. The judge believes that even a new contract still falls under single publication; our position is that it is republication as in Nestle v. [Christoff]. We feel good about our case. This is classic republication as to all defendants there was consistently new music, management decisions and product made. The statute of limitations was never meant to be used to hide defendants actively infringing with new decisions and campaigns.
The judge stated earlier in this case, that in the Nestle v. Christoff case they were changing the label and putting it on different products, so it’s not the same as someone saying that they are “Rick Ross” over and over again.
Stay tuned to Def Sounds as “Freeway Ricky Ross vs. the rapper Rick Ross’ lawsuit plays out in appeals court.