The widow of the late Tupac producer is suing Amaru Entertainment in the licensing dispute

LOS ANGELES – The widow of a musician and producer who worked with Tupac Shakur is demanding royalties. She claims the company, founded by the late rapper’s mother, is refusing to pay under a contract.

Plaintiff Capucine Jackson, widow of Johnny Lee Jackson, is seeking at least $500,000 for her breach of contract against Amaru Entertainment Inc. An Amaru representative could not be immediately reached for comment on Friday’s lawsuit.

Shakur, then 25, died on September 13, 1996, six days after he was shot in a Las Vegas drive-by. Amaru Entertainment was founded in 1997 by the singer’s mother, Afeni Shakur, who herself died in 2016 at the age of 69.

Johnny Jackson, also known as Johnny J, worked with Shakur on many of his well-known recordings, including How Do U Want It, Hit ‘Em Up and All Eyez On Me, the suit reads. He signed a producer deal with Amaru in May 2001, which covered all of the master recordings he worked on with the rapper and outlined his licensing rights, the lawsuit says.

After Johnny Jackson died in October 2008, Capucine Jackson contacted collecting societies to confirm that she was listed as a beneficiary of her husband’s royalty rights and that she received everything she was entitled to, the lawsuit states.

In 2019, Capucine Jackson completed all the necessary steps to receive all funds from SoundExchange after learning about the possibility of receiving royalties from the company. SoundExchange is a non-profit performance rights organization that collects digital performance royalties from digital radio companies when they license and use master recordings, and then distributes the royalties to artists and copyright owners who receive instructions from the featured artists or their representatives.

“However, SoundExchange is the only platform that has withheld royalties owed to the plaintiff and that is entirely due to Amaru’s malicious conduct,” the lawsuit states, which states that both Amaru and Capucine Jackson are entitled to one Percentage of royalties derived from Shakur’s work on SoundExchange.

Capucine Jackson’s former attorney reached out to Amaru in June 2020, but Amaru “continued to explain to plaintiff’s attorney that they were looking into this and continued to ignore her requests for a letter of instruction,” the lawsuit states.

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