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  • Ice Cube, MGM Hit With $100 Million Dollar Lawsuit Over 'Barbershop'

    A Montgomery, Alabama man has hit Ice Cube’s Cube Vision Productions and Metro Goldwin-Mayer (MGM) with a $100 million dollar copyright infringement lawsuit, alleging the companies stole the idea for “Barbershop."

    Filmmaker James Davis, 31 said he copyrighted “The Shop” in 1999 as a college student, based off of his experiences in Atlanta, Georgia.

    The breach of contract and copyright infringement suit was filed yesterday (September 7) in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama.

    “My script [“The Shop”] was copyrighted in 1999 while I was in college, and theirs was copyrighted in 2001, the same year that I was getting investors and letters of intent,” Davis told AllHipHop.com. “A very famous celebrity gave Ice Cube my script and the story board. I am not saying two people can't have the same idea, but for our concepts to be similar is impossible.”

    Davis said similarities between "The Shop" characters and the characters of “Barbershop” would ultimately vindicate him in court.

    Other defendants in the lawsuit include “Barbershop” writers Don D. Scott, Marshall Todd and Mark Brown.

    Davis said he negotiated with various actors and comedians for one year in regards to appearing in the film. During that time an investor offered to produce his screenplay.

    “Once investors got wind that MGM was doing a film 'Barbershop,' my whole operation was shut down,” Davis claimed. “They stopped me from shooting my own film.”

    Davis said he wasn’t trying to capitalize off of the hundreds of millions of dollars the movie franchise and subsequent DVD releases have earned.

    “This is not somebody throwing something out in the air,” Davis said. “I am a filmmaker. They took it from me and I just want just due. It won’t take a rocket scientist to figure this out.”

    Up next for Davis is a project titled “Black Greek Organizations: The Foundation.” The DVD focuses on the history and current state of Black masonry, secret societies and black fraternities and sororities.

    The DVD will be available at Wal-Mart, Target and Best Buy stores nationwide in January and features John Salley, Shaquille O’Neal and the last known interview with legendary lawyer and Kappa Alpha Psi member Johnny Cochran.

    Representatives for MGM or Cube Vision Productions could not be reached as of press time.
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