Bay Area rapper Paris has filed a $20 million lawsuit against NBC Networks, Warner Brothers Pictures and other television producers for allegedly stealing the concept of a reality show he created.
According to the suit, Paris, born Oscar Jackson, copyrighted the show’s concept, which is based around redesigning rundown schools, with the help of an urban hip-hop label, world-class designers and contractors, all “willing to use its resources to make a difference.” After shopping the idea around through his company Guerilla Funk, he claims to have become the victim of copyright infringement.
The complaints states that the rapper copyrighted the concepts for the show, which was created by a writer named Oscar J. Jackson, who also registered the domain name YourSchoolMakeover.com, in June of 2007. Paris’ company Guerilla Funk claims it shopped the series to a variety of networks, including MTV, Twentieth Century Fox and NBC.
“In or about early October, 2010, Plaintiff began receiving unsolicited telephone calls of congratulations for finally getting the work produced, in response to advertising on defendant’s NBC’s network School Pride,” the complaint reads.