According to Complex, Powell who was on the frontline of hip-hop journalism for outlets like Vibe during ‘Pac’s heyday, filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Lionsgate and the film itself, claiming that huge chunks of the film were lifted directly from interviews he did with 2Pac over two decades ago.
Powell is reportedly looking for a significant portion of the $31 million All Eyez on Me has made at the box office so far, as well as for the film to be removed from theaters.
The 16-page document states there were “stories with fiction characters and re-worked narratives that are unique to the Original Work” (a.k.a. Powell’s interviews) “that appear in the Infringing Work” (a.k.a. All Eyez on Me).
On Friday, Powell released a statement via Facebook addressing the film and his lawsuit.
“After a great deal of thought and consultation with many, including my attorneys,” Powell began, “I have filed a federal lawsuit against the producers and writers of All Eyez on Me, the new Tupac Shakur biopic, for copyright infringement. After viewing the movie twice in the past few days, it is clear that my exclusive Vibe cover stories on Tupac Shakur (when he was alive), were lifted, without proper credit or compensation of any kind to me, and used in All Eyez on Me. As the owner of the copyright to these articles, All Eyez on Me infringed on my rights by using content and narrative that was exclusive to my writings. I am seeking justice and a resolution in this matter that is fully fair to me and all the work I’ve done throughout the years, as an author and protector of the Tupac Shakur narrative.”