Judge Rules in Favor of Rick Ross

In case you didn’t know, THE Rick Ross, Freeway Rick Ross (cocaine slanger), has been trying to snatch his name back from this dude for a while now, or at least get paid for him using it. Last week, Rick Ross (the rapper) won under the first amendment.  The ruling is very interesting though…

“We recognize that Roberts’ work—his music and persona as a rap musician—relies to some extent on plaintiff’s name and persona,” writes Judge Boren. “Roberts chose to use the name ‘Rick Ross.’ He raps about trafficking in cocaine and brags about his wealth. These were ‘raw materials’ from which Roberts’ music career was synthesized. But these are not the ‘very sum and substance’ of Roberts’ work.”

Roberts created a celebrity identity, using the name Rick Ross, of a cocaine kingpin turned rapper,” says the ruling. “He was not simply an impostor seeking to profit solely off the name and reputation of Rick Ross. Rather, he made music out of fictional tales of dealing drugs and other exploits—some of which related to plaintiff. Using the name and certain details of an infamous criminal’s life as basic elements, he created original artistic works.”

Y’all.  The judge said that he could keep the name cause all he’s doing is lying in his music anyway.  That is what the judge said. And I am L.M.A.O. about it. WHEW.

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