Insane Clown Posse sued for allegedly stealing a poem from ‘Chicken Soup for the Soul’


The Insane Clown Possefound themselves inlegal troublethis week afteran Ohio poet accused the pair of copyright infringement.

In a suit filed March 28, Stanley Gebhardt claimsthe rap-metal group triedto pass his 1993 poem “But You Didn’t” off as their own work. Itfirst appeared in A2nd Helping of Chicken Soup for the Soul, and in 2007, ICP rapper Violent J uploaded a recording of himself reading the poemto YouTube with the title“Violent J’s Poem.” Not exactly the clearest video title.

Gebhart didn’t stumble acrossthe video until 2015, but when he did, he was miffed. He’s seeking damages and infringer profits via a federal court in Detroit, which will have to determineif ICP ever profited off of the videoin any way. According to theDetroit Free Press, “Under copyright laws, the plaintiff may beentitled to up to $150,000 for each willful violation, or he can potentially seek profits that could have been made off the poem.”

As far asYouTubersare concerned,they seemed to assumethe poem was Violent J’s original work. One commenter replied,“Man thats song deep shit Man :(“; another sharedthe sentiment: “thats some deep shit right their.”

You can read the full lawsuit here.

H/T Cleveland Scene

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