Wu-Tang Clan’s one–a-kind album Once Upon a Time in Shaolin continues to haunt the rap collective. According to The Blast, a photographer is suing the iconic hip-hop group for copyright infringement over the Shaolin cover art.
In his lawsuit, Warren Patterson claims that between 2013 and 2014, he spent 80 hours shooting photos the silver case with the Wu-Tang logo that now appears on the album’s cover. However, the photographer alleges that the Wu-Tang Clan used the images without his authorization and without paying him.
The lawsuit names all the founder members: Method Man, RZA, Raekwon, Cappadonna, Ghostface Killah, GZA, Inspectah Deck, Masta Killa and U-God as the defendants. Patterson is seeking $1 million damages.
This lawsuit comes as fans and some the Wu-Tang members are wondering who has the infamous Once Upon a Time in Shaolin album?
As you may know, at Martin Shkreli, the original owner the album, is in prison serving out his seven-year sentence for securities fraud.
It was reported that the project was in the hands the U.S. government as they tried to procure $7.4 million Shkreli’s assets. But apparently, this is not the case.
According to VICE, the Department Justice doesn't have Wu-Tang Clan's $2 million album in their possession.
“Forfeiture has been stayed in the Shkreli case pending his appeal the conviction. And we may never seize the album if, after he loses his appeal, he writes a check to cover his forfeiture obligation,” a DOJ ficial told the website.
Lawsuit aside, RZA, who produced tracks on Shaolin, is amazed at how this one–a-kind album grew from a rare commodity to this now sought-after project that Wu-Tang fans are eager to hear.
"It's kind crazy. The record has become an entity, very different from a lot albums," he said. "It's like the Mona Lisa. It's got its own folklore, and that's what me and co-producer] Cilvaringz wanted."