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LA Judge Tosses Lawsuit Over 50 Cent Hit

A Los Angeles federal judge dismissed a music producer's copyright infringement lawsuit over a sample used in 50 Cent's 2003 hit "P.I.M.P." on Wednesday.

Brandon Parrott sued rapper 50 Cent -- real name Curtis Jackson -- in June, claiming he gave up his rights to a track called "BAMBA" as a result of fraud.

Parrot also sued Dr. Dre's Aftermath label and executives at Interscope and Universal Music Group, claiming co-producer Denaun Porter illegally used his track to create "P.I.M.P." and failed to credit him.

The labels moved to dismiss the suit in Los Angeles federal court in September, arguing that terms of an earlier settlement -- which gave Parrot royalties and shared ownership in the track -- dictate that he can't sue.

In his opinion, U.S. District Judge S. James Otero dismissed the complaint without leave to amend.

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