“I am seeking justice and a resolution in this matter that is fully fair to me and all the work I’ve done…” – Kevin Powell
An African American journalist has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit, suing the makers of All Eyes on Me. Kevin Powell says he noticed similarities of his work being used in the new Tupac Biopic.
According to lawsuit, the filmmakers behind the Biopic used exclusive interview material that the journalist did with Tupac.
Kevin Powell wrote a series of articles for Vibe magazine. The interview referenced civil rights movements and the gangsta rap movement. According to the suit, producers looked at all of Powell’s interviews in order to make the movie.
“There are stories with fictional characters and re-worked narratives that are unique to the Original Work that appear in the Infringing Work,” the suit said. “Rather than contact Plaintiff, Defendants, while fully aware of Plaintiff’s copyright in the Original Work, willfully and improperly developed, produced, filmed and released the Infringing Work derived from Plaintiff’s Original Work.”
According to a report by the Associated Press , Powell is suing Lionsgate, Program Pictures, Morgan Creek Pictures as well as producers and screenwriters of the film.
Also stated int he report was that a representative for Lionsgate declined to comment Saturday. Morgan Creek Pictures did not immediately respond to the same email request for comment sent to Lionsgate.
Powell’s lawyer, Keith White, said his client’s “exclusive and intimate access” to Shakur was the result of trust he’d established with Tupac over many years.
“The narrative that Kevin developed from many intense and exclusive moments with Tupac should not have been used in any film without Kevin’s approval and consultation,” White said in a statement Saturday.
Powell is asking a judge to immediately band the film from being played in theaters. He is also asking to be rewarded with profits already earned from the movie’s release.