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Last Updated: Monday, 2 February, 2004, 11:25 GMT
Judge dismisses Snoop Dogg case
Snoop Dogg
Snoop Dogg's real name is Calvin Broadus
A judge in the US has dismissed a case against rapper Snoop Dogg which claimed that he used a phone message in one of his songs without permission.

The man, who left the message under the name Jim Bob, was concerned about his safety being compromised.

The caller expressed his support for Snoop Dogg in his rivalry with rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight. The message was then used in a 2002 CD release.

An earlier ruling that the caller had no expectation of privacy was upheld.

The man, who kept his identity secret in the hearing, said his one-minute message appeared in a song released on the album Paid the Cost to be Tha Boss.

He had sought a monetary award from Snoop Dogg - real name Calvin Broadus - and other defendants, including Capitol Records.

Superior Court Judge Lawrence W Crispo upheld his previous ruling after the defendant filed no further motions.

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