A New York jury ruled Thursday June 1st, 2006 that Kanye West and Ludacris did not violate another group's copyright when they recorded their 2003 hit single "Stand Up," which was later featured on Ludacris' "Chicken & Beer" album.
Thus, the two top-selling rappers are both cleared from a copyright infringement accusation brought by New Jersey foursome I.O.F., stands for It's Only Family, and production company BMS Entertainment/Heat Music LLC. "I hope the plaintiffs enjoyed their 15 minutes of fame," Ludacris said after the verdict was announced. "This whole experience is proof to me of why I will always fight for what I believe in."
Ludacris and Kanye's "Stand Up" victory was taken by the ten jurors after less than a day of deliberations in the two-week trial in U.S. District Court in Manhattan. While West was not in court, outside the courthouse Ludacris signed autographs and posed for pictures before leaving for Los Angeles to promote a documentary he narrated about a female basketball team in Seattle.