NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Thursday, October 22, 2015, 4:00 AM
Wake up, Mr. West!
New filings in Manhattan Federal Court slam Kanye West for arguing his series of Lower East Side gangster videos are akin to the “Sound of Music.”
The quirky comparison is part of an ongoing battle pitting the bachata duo Loisaidas and West and hip-hop mogul Damon Dash.
The band alleges that West and Dash infringed on their trademarked name by producing the straight-to-web videos with the same name, Loisaidas.
In filings, attorneys for West and Dash argue that the Loisaidas videos — bearing the slogan “There is a place Where there are no rules Where the wrong move can cost a life A place to get money And risk dying for it everyday” — are legally similar to “The Sound of Music.”
In filings, attorneys for West and Dash argue that the Loisaidas videos are legally similar to “The Sound of Music.”
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(L-R) Kim Kardashian, Kanye West, Damon Dash, and Ava Dash attend “The BET Honors” 2015 at Warner Theatre, in Washington, DC.
“There’s a big difference between thugs rapping in a six-minute video and Julie Andrews singing in a musical on the big screen,” Bostany said.
“Mr. West is grasping at straws in a desperate attempt to differentiate his product from my client’s product since they both use the exact same name.”
West’s attorney, Brad Rose, said the Andrews-Kanye comparison was made “to demonstrate the absurdity of plaintiff’s claim.”
He added that Bostany’s decision to call the “Loisaidas” films music videos was “an attempt to mislead the court” that created “a feigned relatedness under trademark law between the name of the group and the name of the film.”
Rose said that under the Loisaidas band’s logic, Eminem’s movie “8 Mile” would also be merely a music video.
Dash’s attorney Natraj Bhushan agreed, saying “Loisaidas” is “clearly a film.”
The videos feature scenes around the Lower East Side — many accompanied by rap performances.
Filings claim that nearly 51 minutes of the 58-minute long films includes music.
The bachata duo says the films glorify violence and have caused confusion among fans of the trademarked group that has performed since 2008.