Quality Control Music Looking for Offset Lawsuit to be Dismissed Due to Breach of Contract
Quality Control Music has filed a motion requesting Offset‘s lawsuit be dismissed regarding the rights to his solo career.
According to a report from Radar Online, on Monday January 30, 2023, founders Kevin “Coach K” Lee and Pierre “Pee” Thomas are arguing that they own the Migos rapper’s solo music and that any agreement they’d previously made was breached when he talked about it on social media.
“Because Offset is not the owner of recordings he has made or continues to make with Motown on or after January 15, 2021, including the recordings ‘54321’ and ‘Code,’ [Offset] lack standing to bring this action”, QC said in its filing.
The label added that Offset breached the “confidentiality provision” in their original settlement agreement by disclosing “the terms of the Settlement Agreement in the Complaint and in social media posts, and by sharing the Settlement Agreement with various Universal Music Group executive”.
Offset’s lawsuit, which was filed in August of 2022, accuses Quality Control of not honoring the deal he made in January of 2021 regarding his solo music. Set said he paid millions for the rights and therefore the label could no longer ask for a cut in anything he made. Although, QC was able to cash in when Offset released his Baby Keem-produced “54321” single after the deal was made.
“Offset now brings this action to vindicate his rights and make it clear to the world that Offset, not Quality Control, owns Offset’s music”, the lawsuit reads.
In Quality Control’s motion for dismissal, the label elaborated further on why it feels Offset has no merit to sue.
“Having continued to accept the benefits of working directly with Capitol (after Defendant assigned to Offset its rights under the Offset/Capital Agreement) in connection with the production of recordings as works for hire, and because, under the Label Deal Agreement, as amended, 100 percent of the copyright rights in recordings made by Offset as works for hire for Capitol are automatically assigned by Capitol to Quality Control, Plaintiffs are estopped from taking the position in this action that they are the owner of such recordings, rather than Capitol or its assignee, Quality Control”.
The lawsuit remains ongoing.
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