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Lil' Wayne faces copyright claim

Lil' Wayne
New Yorker magazine named Lil' Wayne Rapper of the Year last year

US rapper Lil' Wayne has been sued by a music publishing company over claims he released a version of Rolling Stones song Play With Fire without permission.

Abkco Music Inc have said that Lil' Wayne's Playing with Fire was clearly derived from the Stones' original but used "explicit and offensive language".

They accuse the rapper of copyright infringement and unfair competition.

A spokesman for Lil' Wayne, whose real name is Dwayne Michael Carter, was unavailable for comment.

The legal action was filed in federal court in Manhattan against the rapper, his collaborators and his record company - which is a unit of Universal Music Group.

Abkco Music are seeking unspecified damages. They claim the public could have been misled into believing that the company and the Rolling Stones authorised and approved of Lil' Wayne's version.

Lil' Wayne sold more than a million albums in a week in the US last month, with his sixth record Tha Carter III.

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