Lakers' LeBron James, rapper Drake sued for $10M over rights to 'Black Ice' hockey documentary, per report

Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James, together with rap artists Drake and Future, are supposedly being taken legal action against by previous National Basketball Players Association executive director Billy Hunter for $10 million, according to Carl Campanile and Priscilla DeGregory of the New York Post.

Hunter is apparently looking for a part of the benefit from the documentary “Black Ice,” which was launched in 2014.

In the claim, Hunter declares that he held the unique copyright rights to produce the documentary. “Black Ice” had to do with the Colored Hockey League, which remained in presence from 1895 up until the 1925. 

“While the defendants LeBron James, Drake and Maverick Carter [LeBron’s business partner] are internationally known and renowned in their respective fields of basketball and music, it does not afford them the right to steal another’s intellectual property,” Hunter’s lawyer, Larry Hutcher, mentioned in the claim.

“Black Ice” is based upon the book “Black Ice: The Lost History of the Colored Hockey League of the Maritimes, 1895 to 1925,” which was composed by George and Darril Fosty. Both George and Darril Fosty were likewise called in the claim as offenders. Hunter declares that the authors of the book struck a handle James and Drake behind the offenders’ backs after they had actually currently paid $265,000 for the rights to the movie.

“I don’t think they believed the property rights would be litigated,” Hunter informed the New York Post. “They thought I would go away. They gambled.”

Per the claim, the Fostys acknowledge that Hunter owned the film rights, however argue that the “Black Ice” documentary was a “separate entity” that wasn’t within the criterion of their offer. Meanwhile, Hunter declares that he paid $250,000 for the “exclusive worldwide rights” to any “audiovisual” variation of the story.

James’ home entertainment business, The Springhill Company and Uninterrupted Canada, Drake’s Dreamcrew Entertianment and the Fostys’ Stryker Indigo publishing company and First Take Entertainment were likewise called in Hunter’s claim.

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