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Jay Z and Roc Nation Reportedly Sued by Sound Engineer over Master Recordings


Roc-A-Fella RecordsFormer Roc-A-Fella sound engineer Chauncey Mahan is reportedly claiming in a new lawsuit that his work on the label’s six albums between 1999 and 2000 makes him a co-owner of the releases, reports TMZ.

In April, Mahan was found to be in possession of master recordings that belonged to Jay’s Roc-A-Fella Records and went missing in 2002.  Mahan allegedly contacted Live Nation, which has a relationship with the rapper, and said he would put the recordings up for auction unless he received a 100-thousand-dollar “storage fee” to relinquish them.

Both sides reportedly agreed on a 75-thousand-dollar amount, but when Mahan went to the storage facility where he reportedly kept the recordings to discuss the deal with Jay’s camp, he was met by police. He was detained and questioned, though not arrested.  However, police took the master recordings.

Jay Z and Roc Nation later dropped their extortion complaint against Chauncey.  Now, Mahan wants the court to declare him a co-owner of the copyright, which would allow him to get the masters back.  The recordings are estimated to be worth between 15 and 20 million dollars.

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