Journalist Suing Pop Smoke’s Estate Over Use of Audio from Interview on Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon
By Nobetternina (@nobetternina)
The Tunnel Vision outro on Pop Smoke’s posthumous album, Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon, features a conversation between him and independent journalist Victoria Inoyo at Rolling Loud. However, Victoria didn’t exactly agree to the use of her voice on the album, after declining an initial $1 offer from Pop Smoke’s estate to use her audio on it, and now she’s suing.
During the process of putting Pop’s posthumous album together, Victoria was contacted by the late rapper’s team at Victor Victor Worldwide. They offered Victoria just $1 to use the audio from her interview with Pop Smoke back in December of 2019, at Rolling Loud, on the album.
Victoria turned down that offer, with intentions to negotiate it, but the negotiations fell through after her lawyers and the lawyers at Victor Victor Worldwide failed to reach an agreement. But that didn’t stop Pop Smoke’s team from using the audio anyways, and as a result, she’s now suing his estate.
According to Victoria, about 16 seconds of the album’s outro Tunnel Vision, or 12%, was illegally stripped from her, due to her filing for a copyright on the interview at the beginning of the year. Victoria is looking to obtain a percentage of the album’s royalties, as well as credit as a writer on the album.
Victoria’s lawyer said in a statement that, “The label knew that it did not have Ms. Inoyo’s permission to use the interview; yet, rather than negotiate with Ms. Inoyo in good-faith in order to obtain her permission to use the interview, the label inexcusably and unjustifiably used the interview and released the album and the song for commercial distribution in violation of, among other things, Ms. Inoyo’s copyrights and her intellectual property.”
No word yet on exactly how much in royalties Victoria is suing for, but I think it’s all fair considering she was only offered $1 to begin with.