March 20, 2006 05:07:57 GMT
A US judge has stopped sales of a 1994 album by Notorious BIG after a jury said it used part of a tune by funk band Ohio Players without permission
U.S. District Judge Todd Campbell has blocked the sale of Notorious B.I.G.'s breakthrough 1994 album "Ready to Die" after a jury decided Friday that the title song used part of an Ohio Players' 1992 song "Singing In The Morning." Following such decision, Bridgeport Music and Westbound Records, the two music companies that own rights to Ohio Players recordings were awarded $4.2M in damages.
The sales ban issued affects the late rapper's album "Ready to Die" and the title song in any form, including downloads and radio. Though, it was unclear when or how the ban would take effect. Despite such fact, the defendants, Bad Boy Entertainment, Bad Boy LLC, Justin Combs Publishing and Universal Records, plan to appeal.