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  • Martin Shkreli Faces Copyright Suit Involving Wu-Tang Album

    As he battles charges of securities fraud, former drug executive and Wu-Tang Clan patron Martin Shkreli may also have to defend himself against a federal copyright lawsuit.

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    Re: Martin Shkreli Faces Copyright Suit Involving Wu-Tang Album

    In the legal world, when it rains it often pours.

    As he battles charges of securities fraud, former drug executive and Wu-Tang Clan patron Martin Shkreli may also have to defend himself against a federal copyright lawsuit.

    The case involves the one (and apparently) only copy of the hip-hop group’s recent album, “Once Upon a Time in Shaolin,” which Mr. Shkreli reportedly acquired for $2 million last year. The plaintiff is an artist who claims the album features unauthorized reproductions of his work.

    Reports Reuters:


    In a complaint filed on Tuesday in Manhattan federal court, Jason Koza said he never allowed his fan art depicting Wu-Tang members to be used in packaging for the hip-hop group’s “Once Upon a Time in Shaolin,” the sole copy of which Shkreli bought.

    Shkreli has bragged that he had no plans to listen to the album, but bought it to “keep it from the people.”

    “Mr. Koza never granted a license for his works to be copied or displayed anywhere other than the WuDisciples.blogspot.com website,” the lawsuit states.

    The copyright claim against the ex-CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals actually isn’t directly linked to Mr. Shkreli’s purchase of the recondite record. The complaint alleges that Mr. Shkreli gave an unauthorized “public display” of the images when he allegedly shared them with an online magazine, which published them.

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