Duck Y Lebron James are being sued for $10 million after being accused of stealing the naming rights to their upcoming documentary about a segregated hockey league, as the two seek to exploit a loophole designed to protect intellectual property.
TMZ reports the two are being sued by former NBA Players Union head Billy Hunter, who claims he owns the exclusive legal rights to any film produced about Canada’s Colored Hockey League, which was formed in 1895 and was in operation until 1925.
Former NBA Players Union head claims he owns exclusive film rights to Drizzy and LeBron documentary
“They thought I would go. They took a gamble,” Hunter said, according to the New York Post.
Hunter says Drake and LeBron went behind his back and signed a deal with Darril and George Fosty, the authors of Black Ice: The Lost History of the Colored Hockey League of the Maritimes, the book his documentary is based on, according to the demand.
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Hunter added that he paid the Fosty brothers $265,000 for the exclusive rights to any film based on the book.
Drizzy and LeBron claim that they never violated any agreement because their film is a documentary and not a movie.
Drake, LeBron try to exploit loophole in lawsuit, Hunter seeks $10 million in damages
Now, Hunter says the claim is “absurd and made on blind faith,” and is seeking a share of the documentary’s profits plus an additional $10 million in damages.
Also listed in the suit are rapper Future and James’s business partner, Maverick Carter, for foxnews.
Meanwhile, Darril Fosty calls Hunter’s lawsuit “unwarranted and frivolous” and told TMZ that they would respond through their attorneys.
Documentary presents the history of black hockey players in Canada
The documentary, which was announced in July 2021, is executive produced by Drake and LeBron, and “highlights the historical marginalization of black hockey players from the early pioneers of the Black Hockey League in Maritimes Canada to the Black Hockey League. current national hockey team and its insignificant number of players. black players.
It is expected to premiere at the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival this Saturday.
Hunter’s lawsuit cites film intellectual property rights, which refers to the legal rights granted to the inventor or creator to protect their invention or creation for a certain period of time, depending on the legal definition of the term.