UMG faces a lawsuit over the unauthorized Drake documentary that surfaced earlier this year.
The production company behind an unauthorized Drake documentary seems to have a bone to pick with Universal Music Group and now, they’re taking the major record label to court for having their doc pulled from streaming services.
According to TMZ, Symettrica Entertainment is suing Universal Music Group for allegedly having their documentary on Drake taken down from streaming services. Symettrica claims UMG sent out notices to take down the music and video clips in the documentary, Drake: Rewriting The Rules.
In documents filed in court, the production company claims UMG’s move to pull the documentary, “has nothing to do with purported ‘copyright infringement,’ and everything to do with placating its artist Drake by attempting to suppress any commentary or criticism of Drake.”
The unauthorized documentary on Drake dropped on Vevo in November before it made its way onto Netflix, iTunes, and Amazon on Jan. 16th. The production company said they received a notice from UMG the next day and two days afterward, the streaming services removed the documentary, saying they had no other choice.
Symmetrica said the use of Drake’s clips were fair use, claiming UMG caused them to lose a ton of money. They want the court to make it clear that the use of the Drake clips doesn’t infringe on copyright laws.
To make it clear, Drake isn’t involved in this lawsuit, only UMG.