Writer sues Tupac filmmakers

Tupac Shakur

NEW YORK — A magazine writer has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against the creators of the new Tupac Shakur biopic, saying that portions of the film are based on his articles about the late rapper. Kevin Powell says in the federal lawsuit filed Friday that “All Eyez On Me” borrows from articles he wrote and interviews he did with Shakur in the 1990s for Vibe magazine.

The lawsuit says, for instance, the film’s fictional character Nigel is based on a character Powell wrote about in one of his magazine articles. The suit says the character is based on Jacques “Haitian Jack” Agnant.

“There are stories with fictional characters and re-worked narratives that are unique to the Original Work that appear in the Infringing Work,” the suit said. “Rather than contact Plaintiff, Defendants, while fully aware of Plaintiff’s copyright in the Original Work, willfully and improperly developed, produced, filmed and released the Infringing Work derived from Plaintiff’s Original Work.”