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Aaliyah

Legal Dogfight

Over Dead Singer's Music

3/21/2013 12:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Aaliyah
's been dead nearly 12 years ... but a music publisher is still fighting over the rights to her songs, suing a record company for allegedly hawking bootleg Aaliyah jams on the Internet.

Reservoir Media Management filed the lawsuit against a company called Craze Productions, claiming Craze has been illegally selling songs from Aaliyah's double-platinum albums "Aaliyah" and "One in a Million" on iTunes.

Reservoir claims it's the sole owner of the songs in question ... acquiring the music rights in 2012 ... and it never gave Craze permission to sell the music.

Reservoir wants a judge to block Craze from peddling any more Aaliyah music ... and it wants $$$.

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1.

IwuvTMZ    

Just like vultures.

590 days ago
2.

Mrugowsky    

That's genuinely sad.

590 days ago
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jbanks94    

God TMZ do you have to be so harsh and refer to her as a "Dead Singer"...I dont if im being over sensitive but it sounds very rude...R

590 days ago
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jbanks94    

Poor Aaliyah....Its still shocking even to this day that she died, not to mention how she died and how young she was. Rest in peace Aaliyah.

590 days ago
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immaqt    

Rip

590 days ago
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AzzIzz    

Good, finally someone will take this Craze ass to court! I hope that also they will be taken out of control of Aaliyah's VEVO channell.

590 days ago
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Sassy    

Aaliyah was one of my favorites. Can't believe it's been 12 years.

590 days ago
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Marisa    

Tip of the iceberg. Currently there's a legal battle brewing within Aaliyah's own family. On one side her parents (her dad died last year) and brother and on the other, Barry Hankerson, her uncle (her mom's brother and owner of Blackground Records). Her immediate family wants to block Barry from releasing a posthumous album of songs she was working on before she died in a plane crash. The parents and brother control the estate but the uncle runs the record company who put out all of her records. Barry Hankerson is another vulture. Look him up and you shall read some interesting stories about him.

589 days ago
9.

Criss    

That was sad. She was WAY too young! A lot of lost potential.

589 days ago
10.

AsYouWere!    

I still listen to her music, she's still one of my favorite artists; there has not and will not be another like her. Love You Baby Girl!

589 days ago
11.

Just_Me    

Damn that girl was so sexy. She puts Beyonce to shame.

589 days ago
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Lxve Leighton    

She was a beautiful and talented girl, and unlike celebrities of these days--she actually had class and self-respect.

589 days ago
13.

Max    

So talented, so beautiful...always missed.

589 days ago
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Sab    

Was it really necessary to use the word "dead" in the title?? Show some respect for God's sake!! "Late" would've been appropriate buttholes

589 days ago
15.

Kaaka    

We sure miss our BABY, And its always nice to get nostalgic since she STILL POSSESS the BEST choreography MUSIC VIDEO ever made..enjoy
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kjDM0Fz5ccU


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