Jay-Z Is Suing A Small Australian Retailer Over A Children's Book

Jay-z's got 99 problems and copyright infringement is one.

Billionaire Jay-Z -- real name Shawn Carter -- is suing small Aussie book and clothing retailer 'The Little Homie' after they used lyrics from his hit song "99 problems" on the back of their children's alphabet book AB to Jay-Z.

The book, which raised $8000 on Kickstarter and refers to well-known rappers such as Eminem, Biggie Smalls and Snoop Dogg to teach the alphabet, includes a play on the rap mogul's lyrics on the back cover. The snippet reads: "If you're having alphabet problems I feel bad for you son, I got 99 problems but my ABCs ain't one".



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The book features a play on Jay-Z's famous lyrics from "99 Problems". Image:

Documents filed in Victoria's Federal Court state that Jay-Z's legal team believe that the company, its retailer and company director Jessica Chiha "are deliberately and knowingly using the intellectual property of Mr Carter for their own commercial gain" in what they described as a "flagrant, glaring and contumelious" manner.

They continue to state that using Jay-Z's name, image and wording "calculated to injure, has injured and is continuing to injure the reputation and goodwill of Mr Carter".



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The company were reportedly asked by Jay-Z's lawyers to stop selling the product in March 2018 however, despite exchanges between both parties, the matter remains unresolved.

Along with the popular children's book, 'The Little Homie' also sells kids clothing based on pop culture trends and memes, with the website describing themselves as being "obsessed with creating fresh merchandise for your little superstar, giving them the ultimate street cred before they even take their first step into the big bad world".

The matter is listed for a case management hearing on December 6 before Justice Middleton.

Image: Getty / thelittlehomie.