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''Before I Self Destruct'' Lawsuit Dismissed
6:00AM ET September 22nd, 2011
Contributor : Martin James
A Rocky Williform Company

50 Cent Scores Legal Victory

50 Cent scored a legal victory regarding his 2009 film project Before I Self Destruct. Shadrach Winstead accused 50 of stealing the film's concept from his autobiography, entitled The Preacher's Son. Winstead alleged that lines were lifted from his book verbatim.

But yesterday (September 22) afternoon, the copyright infringement lawsuit was dismissed in Federal Court in Newark, New Jersey.

Reed Smith, 50 Centâs attorney, moved to dismiss the allegations on the grounds that there was no substantial similarity between the book and film. Judge Chesler agreed and dismissed the complaint.

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