Rapper Babilon 311.
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The Tel Aviv District Court on Monday dismissed a NIS 300,000 copyright lawsuit
brought against hip-hop star Kobi “Subliminal” Shimoni by rival rapper Ilan
Shoshana filed the damages suit in 2006 against
Shimoni, generally known by his stage-name Subliminal, and famous for his
Zionist-themed music and his sartorial pairing of US-style hip-hop fashions with
Jewish-themed “bling-bling” jewelry.
Shimoni’s TACT Records label, which
has several popular artists on its books including r&b singer Sivan and
rapper Itzhik Shamli, is also named in the suit.
Shoshana claimed Shimoni
and TACT Records had violated his intellectual property rights, had failed to
pay him royalties for songs and for his performances as the warm-up act in
Subliminal’s concerts, and had used one of his songs on an album without his
Shoshana also asked the court to declare void a copyright
agreement he signed with Shimoni in 2003, and to grant an injunction against
Shimoni and TACT, prohibiting them from using his musical works.
after hearing all the evidence, including testimony from Shimoni’s co-recording
artist and fellow rapper Yoav “The Shadow” Eliasi, Judge Yehoshua Gaifman said
that Shoshana had not managed to prove his claims, and ordered Shoshana to pay
Shimoni NIS 40,000 in legal costs.
Among the claims raised by Shoshana’s
lawyer, Assaf Rappoport, was that Shoshana’s agreement with TACT and Shimoni
included royalties for the popular rap song “Peace in the Middle East,” which
featured him and three other artists – Shai 360, Sivan and Gabriel Butler,
Shoshana said he helped Shimoni market his 2002 studio
album The Light and the Shadow, which Shimoni co-recorded with
Shoshana also claimed he should receive payment for his
performances as part of the “TACT Family,” a collaboration of several of TACT
In dismissing that claim, Gaifman noted that Shoshana
had not been a well-known artist at that time, and pointed to testimony from
Eliasi who said Shoshana had appeared on stage for short guest performances only
because Shimoni and Eliasi had permitted those appearances.
also said that Shoshana was never a permanent member of the TACT Family, because
he never signed an agreement with TACT Records, and stopped performing with them
in December 2004.
TACT Records did not respond to a request by The
for comment on the ruling.