LeBron James, Drake, and Future have found themselves in a bit of a legal problem with their media companies being sued for $10 million because of the "improper acquisition of intellectual property rights" for the upcoming movie "Black Ice".
The lawsuit was filed against LeBron's and Drake's media companies
The lawsuit against LeBron, Drake, and Future was filed by former NBA players union boss Billy Hunter in the name of Black Ice, which is a movie/documentary about a segregated hockey league for black players in Canada and systemic racism within the sport.
According to New York Post, Hunter holds exclusive rights to the movie that is actually based on a book. Apparently, he agreed with the book's author beforehand, allowing him to maintain all the rights to any film about the mentioned hockey league. In a statement about the lawsuit, Hunter's attorney Larry Hutcher said that even though Drake and LeBron are respected individuals in their fields, they should have known better when stealing another people's intellectual property.
"While the defendants LeBron James, Drake and Maverick Carter are internationally known and renowned in their respective fields of basketball and music, it does not afford them the right to steal another's intellectual property," Hunter's attorney Larry Hutcher said in the suit, per the Post.
They all gambled with intellectual rights
The report also states Hunter paid the book's authors a total of $265,000 for the film rights and is seeking a share of the profits from the movie and the $10 million in intellectual rights. The lawsuits also include both of LeBron's entertainment companies - The Springhill Company and Uninterrupted Canada- and Dreamcrew Entertainment, a company owned by Drake and Future.
Hunter also said they all gambled because they thought the property rights would be litigated, which wasn't the case.
"I don't think they believed the property rights would be litigated. They thought I would go away. They gambled,"
Oscar-nominated filmmaker Hubert Davis directs the movie, and the audience will have an opportunity to see it at the Toronto International Film Festival on the 10th of September.