Australian small business to battle Jay-Z in court


In a statement of claim filed by Mr Carter, the rapper claimed The Little Homie’s products traded on use of his likeness and brand as well as infringing the copyright of lyrics in his hit single 99 Problems.

Mr Carter claimed he requested The Little Homie cease selling the products in March 2018 and, despite correspondence between the two parties, noted the situation had not been resolved.

In a statement released on Thursday, Ms Chiha said she started her business to enable parents to connect with their children around something they love, to help with the transition to parenthood, to encourage literacy and to celebrate her love of hip-hop and the artists she grew up listening to.

“I created these books as a fun and different way for mums and dads, aunts, uncles, god parents and even grandparents to try something new with their kids – for me, it was with my kid – and to engage them on a different level with something that resonates,” she said.

“We refer to a whole host of hip-hop artists in the books, but to have someone like Jay-Z file legal proceedings is daunting beyond belief and hugely dispiriting.”

Ms Chiha said she would fight the proceedings in which she is personally named as a defendant.

“We maintain we have done nothing wrong and intend to give it everything we’ve got for commonsense and the common good to prevail, to the extent we can fight the fight,” she said.

Mr Carter’s legal representatives, King & Wood Mallesons, were contacted for comment.

The proceeding is listed for a case management hearing on December 6 before Justice Middleton.

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