Drake And LeBron James Sued For $10M Over Hockey Documentary
Drake and LeBron James are being sued for $10 million over the intellectual property rights for the hockey documentary Black Ice. The documentary is set to debut at the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival. It is based on the book Black Ice: The Lost History of the Colored Hockey League of the Maritimes, 1895 to 1925. The lawsuit claims that former NBA director Billy Hunter has the “exclusive legal rights to produce any film about the Coloured Hockey League”. Hunter reportedly paid the authors of the book $265,000 for the movie rights. He told the New York Post that he doesn’t think Drake and James “believed the property rights would be litigated. They thought I would go away". While the defendants LeBron James, Drake and Maverick Carter [LeBron’s business partner] are internationally known and renowned in their respective fields of basketball and music, it does not afford them the right to steal another’s intellectual property, Billy Hunter’s Lawsuit states. Drake and James have not yet commented on the lawsuit.