A British music publishing company filed a lawsuit against Lil' Wayne, his management and record label for altering a track originally recorded by the Rolling Stones. Abkco Music Inc which owns the rights to the song "Play With Fire", filed suit against Wayne et al in a U.S. court Thursday. The suit accuses Weezy and company of altering the lyrics to the song without permission.

In its lawsuit, Abkco noted that Lil Wayne's "Playing with Fire" is a "clear derivative of the Rolling Stones song with the original lyrics and music altered in a recognizable way."

Abkco cited one example of altered lyrics where Wayne raps, "But you can't blame me if I set this stage on fire." In the original version of the song the line goes, "'cause you're playing with fire." The publisher's reps also objected to Wayne's use of "explicit, sexist and offensive language" which could lead the public to believe the company and the Rolling Stones approved of and authorized the new lyrics.

Abkco's lawsuit filed in federal court in Manhattan seeks unspecified damages.

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  • Sharonda

    I haven't heard Lil' Wayne's album and probably wont.Who knew, The Stones though..maybe I should go download the Lil Wayne song and hear it for myself..

  • tdl74767

    I don't see or hear the similarities........we'll see how this one turns out........More money more problems!

  • mizzdallas

    @ Sharonda Says:

    Go to rhapsody.com you can listen too the whole cd for free

    I only like one song and its "Mrs. Officer" feat. Bobbi Valentine.

    And besides every rapper still lyrics so this isn't new.

  • Detroit48205

    That's one of the hottest songs on his album. I've never heard the Stones version. Like tdl74767 Says: we'll see what happens in court...


    this law suit is bull ishh. every body wants money and no body wants to work a 9 to 5 to get it.

  • JustSaying

    I think Rolling Stones is crazy and they just need a quick buck. So can no body use the word fire in a song now days without getting sued?

  • candycane

    Well dayum, if that's the case, Rakim should sue too (unless wayne got permission) becasue his verse on Llyods song, cant remember the name, but Wayne starts off, thinking of a masterplan, nah I'm just playing Shawty on my mind. That's Paid In Full. I can say the entire first verse of paid in full and be on beat with Waynes verse.

  • WeezysBaby


    the name of the song is "girls around the world"