Former CEO Of Roc-A-Fella Records Asks Judge To Toss Suit Accusing Him Of Co-Opting Term “Loisaidas” For His Film; Musicians Say It Was Their Word First
Damon Dash has blasted a lawsuit accusing him of hijacking a music group’s name to use it for his feature film.
Dash asked a judge Aug. 4 to throw out musician Michael Medina’s case against him, which claims Dash used the term “Loisaidas” as his film title even though Medina’s group trademarked the name. Medina’s suit, which was filed in April in New York federal court, alleges Dash’s violent “Loisaidas” movie defiled Medina’s Latin music group of the same name, and has confused fans.
But Dash said his decision to use “Loisaidas” was protected by the First Amendment. Dash also said “Loisaidas” – a Spanish slang term for people from the Lower East Side of Manhattan – can’t be owned by anyone because it’s a common word.
“Plaintiff cannot commandeer and monopolize a term that, as Plaintiff admits, is a common part of local “Spanglish” vernacular and prevent others from using that term,” Dash’s lawyer’s said in his answer to Medina’s suit. “In particular, “Loisaidas” has been used for over 40 years to identify residents who live in the Lower East Side…”
Dash asked a judge to toss Medina’s suit, make Medina pay his lawyer’s fees as well as pay “Mr. Dash such relief as may seem just and proper.”
The case is expected to head to trial later this year.