Lil Wayne Sued By Rolling Stones’ Published For “Playing With Fire”
7/25/08, 8:58 am EST by Daniel Kreps for RollingStone.Com
il Wayne has been sued by the music publishing company that owns the rights to the Rolling Stones’ â€œPlay With Fire,â€ as the company says Wayne’s â€œPlaying With Fire,â€ off Tha Carter III, infringes on the song’s copyright and poses unfair competition. Abkco alleges that the Wayne’s song is an altered version of the Stones’ 1965 hit, saying the original song and music had been used in a recognizable way with permission. The lawsuit cites lyrical comparisons like the Stones’ original chorus â€œBut don’t play with me, ’cause you’re playing with fire,â€ and Wayne’s line â€œBut you can’t blame me if I set this stage on fire.â€ In the lawsuit, Abkco says that the public might assume the Rolling Stones approve of Wayne’s uses â€œexplicit, sexist and offensive language.â€ Abkco is seeking unspecified damages, but if this case goes down anything like when the Verve got sued over that orchestral sample of â€œThe Last Timeâ€ used in â€œBittersweet Symphony,â€ Wayne might be giving back a bunch of his TC3 royalties money.