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The Ray Charles Foundation's Suing Ray's Son

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Guess he should have check with them first before he paid homage to his father.

Ray Charles Robinson Jr., along with Random House, are being sued by The Ray Charles Foundation for using a photo of Ray Charles and some lyrics in his new book You Don't Know Me: Reflections of My Father, Ray Charles.

The foundation is accusing Ray Jr. of copyright infringement, as the photo used on his book cover was a "work made for hire" and apparently is owned by them. The same goes for the songs he apparently quoted in the book, like I Love Her So and What Kind of Man Are You?

Of course, the foundation wants damages…to the tune of $150,000 per infringement.

Really? Is that really necessary? So basically, you just want to take away all the money he stands to make off this book, is that it?

Just saying!

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7 comments to “The Ray Charles Foundation's Suing Ray's Son”

  1. 1

    Is this a joke? Yeah, I understand rights, and all, but its his SON. That's all of his rights right there. People really LOVE money, don't they?

  2. 2

    Seriously!!!! That is his father. What is he not allowed to talk about his father now or use pics of HIS OWN FATHER!?? Just a bunch of greedy people who only see dollar signs. So damn sad….smh.

  3. 3

    This story is a sad commentary on how ridiculous our society has become. Who has MORE right to use Ray Charles' image and lyrics than his own son? The most asinine part is, I'm pretty sure the foundation will win. WTF…

  4. 4

    This is ridiculous.

  5. 5

    WTF? Boy these people really hate Ray Charles kids. WOW - not that's some shady shit on the part of the foundation. Let's make sure Ray's son is stripped of his right to talk about his own damn father. Let's make sure that Ray's son has nothing but the people that are running the foundation and controlling Ray Charles money are paid big time and off buying beachside homes with money that should have gone to the family. This has evil written all over it. The son needs to get control of this and the damn foundation and do what his father truly wanted and get rid of those evil demons.

  6. @v@ says – reply to this


    His son has some rights as well. Greedy, greedy people.

  7. 7

    What a joke!