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Nina Simone Lawsuit

If You Steal Her Song

You're A Sinner, Man

9/30/2013 12:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Don't mess with the High Priestess of Soul.

Nina Simone's 1965 hit "Sinnerman" is an R&B classic ... but that doesn't mean a phone company can boldly rip it off ... so her heirs are suing for $1 Mil minimum ... TMZ has learned.

The lawsuit -- filed by Simone's estate -- accuses smartphone company HTC of using her song in its TV commercial without obtaining the rights.

We reached out and touched someone at HTC ... so far, no call back.

22 COMMENTS

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NOT ELMO    

she is sooo beautiful...

283 days ago
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tori    

Good im glad. They shouldnt get away with it!

283 days ago
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Truth    

HTC AKA THE TAIWANESE IS NO DIFFERENT THAN THE OTHER CHINA MAINLANDERS... THEY ALL JUST RIP OFF ALL THE SH*T FROM THE STATES AND DO REVERSE ENGINEERING. #TRUTH!!

283 days ago
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Gretel    

She looks like Little Richard

283 days ago
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Stiletto    

"high priestess of soul"? Other than in the movie "La Femme Nikita" I've never heard of her...in fact, I thought she was made up for the movie. I'm going to have to search for and listen to a few tunes now.

283 days ago
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JimmyCrapCorn    

GOOD! SUE THE CRAP OUT OF THEM!

THIEVES!

283 days ago
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Sushi    

its actually a ''Felix tha HouseCat (remix) that was cleared-So she can't sue- FFUCK TMZ AND WILL.I.AM

283 days ago
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BenRavensFan02    

TMZ is probably calling the wrong place. Here's HTC's information-
88 Section 3
Zhongxing Road
Xindian District
New Taipei City 231.
Taiwan, R.O.C..
Phone: +886-2-8912-4138
Fax: +886-2-8912-4135

283 days ago
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CallingOutBullShid    

Bottom line regardless of how she looks or whether you know who she is or not! You can not steal someone else's work and use it with out permission but then again whites and asians been doing it for YEARS!

283 days ago
10.

OhWell    

What's HTC?


HoodRat Television Central?

283 days ago
11.

Nekru    

Who is That.. Some dead hag?

283 days ago
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o rly    

Sounds like it's actually Nina Simone - Sinnerman (Felix Da Housecat's Heavenly House Mix), so they only needed to clear it with Verve Records (the song is from the Verve Remixed series where classic songs are remixed into electronic versions).

Verve is owned by Universal Music Group and distributed through Decca Music Group (Decca Records). Nina Simone's Sinnerman was recorded on Philips Records, who are owned by....Universal Music Group and distributed by Decca Music Group (Decca Records).

I'm sure TMZ did no research whatsoever.

283 days ago
13.

You Wish    

Blot the grease from your face, wipe off the circus war paint, THEN we'll talk.......Maybe. #WTF Clown face.....

283 days ago
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ScottySal    

the song is actually a remix from Felix Da Housecat, he sampled the song which im sure he did legally because its featured in the movie "Miami Vice".

283 days ago
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Andrew Pogue    

All they did was sample a 3 sec piano part for another song. That is allowed under fair use.

281 days ago

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