Snoop Dogg is being taken to court for allegedly posting a viral video on Instagram without permission.
The “Drop It Like It’s Hot” rapper is being sued by FreedomNews.TV for using copyrighted footage of a protestor scaling a New York City office building, according to Billboard.
The lawsuit filed Monday in Los Angeles federal court stems from an incident in April during which a protester fell to the ground while attempting to climb the façade of JPMorgan Chase’s headquarters in Manhattan.
The post, which Snoop titled “Dummy of the Week,” has been viewed more than 4.5 million times. He’s being accused of violating the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which prohibits the removal of “content management information” used on copyrighted works.
“Defendant purposefully failed to include the video credit originally conveyed with the video in order to mislead the public into believing that defendant either owned the video or had legitimately licensed it,” FreedomNews.TV wrote in the lawsuit.
As previously reported, the hip hop icon is joining Martha Stewart to host Snoop and Martha’s Very Tasty Halloween special, which debuts October 21 on Peacock
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