Douglas County, NE (CNS) – Rapper and producer Birdman is being sued for failing to pay his footwear line’s royalties. A Finnish businessman claims the artist signed a licensing agreement with him, but fails to honor their agreement.
According to the lawsuit filed at the District Court of Douglas County in Nebraska on Friday, Jari Kuosma owns the “Birdman” trademark for his Nebraska-based company, which specializes in producing skydiving suits.
In 2004, Birdman – real name Bryan Williams – signed a non-exclusive licensing agreement with his Birdman OY, Inc. to allow him to use the name for his shoe range named Lugz Birdman in exchange for 35 percent of the line’s royalty.
As first reported by AllHipHop.com, the agreement was terminated three years later when Kuosma decided he did not want to extend the deal anymore.
In February last year, Cash Money Records and Lugz Birdman line – which had been discontinued for over a year – confirmed that the label earned a total of $522,835.40 in royalties; thus, they owe Kuosma and his company $217,992.39.
They settled on a payment where the defendants would pay in six monthly payments of $36,332.05. However, Kuosma apparently did not receive a single payment.
He is seeking the amount of owed royalties plus interest, costs and fees as allowed by law.