Since this is a Gospel post I edit the title.
A representative for Shirley Caesar addresses the situation on social media and denies lawsuit.
NO LAWSUIT: Hello Family, I just got a call from someone asking me about a lawsuit; please be clear, there has been no lawsuit filed. I asked my attorney to issue a statement and this is all we will say on it at this time:
ON BEHALF OF
DR. SHIRLEY CAESAR
Pastor Shirley Caesar has been totally surprised by the response to her old “Hold My Mule” song remixed. She eventually appreciated the fun many had in creating and sharing videos under the #UNameItChallengewith her remixed song. In fact, she has raised money for charity via UnameitShirley.comIn support of the viral challenge. In addition, she will be giving out toys and food for thousands of people with our Toys For Tots program after church next Sunday and all are invited to come and support.
Unfortunately, similar to you, we as a team, were laughing and enjoying the video challenge, until we recently discovered that DJ Suede, Empire Records and another party, took the original popular song and phrase and illegally released a different record on I-Tunes without our written permission. They even did a video highlighting alcohol and negative imagery- and sold many downloads. We asked them repeatedly to remove these negative materials as we never saw the video or heard the song prior to them selling it –and, it was not a parody, but the song was created commercially for sale and profits. When they refused to remove the commercial song from the Internet and the video, to protect Pastor’s legacy and what Shirley Caesar stands for, we had to take legal action, secure a temporary injunction and order DJ Suede to remove the video, as well as cease and desist sales. We want to make it clear Pastor Caesar does not endorse the imagery or abuse of alcohol endorsed in the video by having her voice everywhere on the track. Please also note, we have not filed any lawsuits or sued anyone even though it is my right. But, it is our hope and prayer that DJ Suede and Empire will do the right thing, and respect Pastor Caesar’s legacy, image and name and follow the Court injunction ordering them to remove this video and the I-Tunes song, a clear violation of copyright and trademark laws.
We look forward to the good work that will come of the #UNameitChallenge and want people to continue enjoying the song for the holidays and years to come. Remember, No Weapon Formed Against You Shall Prosper!!!
Enjoy your Christmas and continue to serve others.
God Bless & Thank You All,
James L. Walker, Jr., Esq.
Counsel For Pastor Shirley Caesar
It looks like Ms. Shirley Caesar is now seeking legal action against J Suede, Jullian Boothe and Empire Distribution for an unauthorized use of her sermon and song.
Update…Caesar’s legal team said they filed a contempt order against Keenan Webb, also known as DJ Suede, Jullian Boothe and Empire Distribution after they failed to take the video down.
According to CBS46 reports, The legal team representing Boothe, Webb and Empire distribution acknowledged they didn’t have the rights to Caesar’s image in creating the video, her lawyer said on Friday.
Shirley Caesar, now perhaps most widely known for a 2010 sermon that sparked the “U Name It Challenge”, is suing over what her attorney said is an unauthorized use of her sermon and song.
Caesar, a Grammy-award winning gospel artist and preacher, says the video in question was posted by Gwinnett County’s DJ Suede, née Keenan Webb, in November, after the so-called #UNameItChallenge went viral.
Her legal team is alleging the video is worth more than $5 million in losses.