Did All Eyez on Me steal its script? Â According to a lawsuit just filed, the Tupac Shakur film plagiarized key details from a series of articles written in Vibe Magazine.
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Tupac Shakur biopic All Eyez on MeÂ suddenly has another problem: a massive plagiarism lawsuit. Â According to court documents filed Friday and shared with Digital Music News, the film plagiarized major sections from articles written in Vibe.
Specifically, former Vibe journalist Kevin Powell alleges that the producers of All Eyez on Me stole specific passages and information from a series of articles he wrote in the 1990s. Â That includes facts and characters exclusively reported by Powell at the time.
But: how can you plagiarize a factual history?
After all, All Eyez on Me is the story of Tupac Shakurâ€™s life and struggles in the 1980s and 90s. Â It actually happened. Â Except, not all of the details in the movie are technically â€˜factualâ€™. Â There are a number of fictional aspects and embellishments, including incidents that plainly didnâ€™t occur. Â â€œWhile some of the content in these articles was factual, some portions of the article were changed or embellished,â€ the lawsuit claims.
And according to Powell, the movies fictional aspects and embellishments exactly match his fictional aspects and embellishments.
â€œBoth the details of Nigel and Tupacâ€™s relationship that have not been published by anyone else.â€
Enter â€˜Nigel,â€™ who technically doesnâ€™t exist (or never existed). Â â€˜Nigelâ€™ is actually â€œbased on a real person named Jacques â€˜Haitian Jackâ€™ Agnant,â€ the lawsuit continues. Â But the name â€˜Nigelâ€™ and the Powellâ€™s knowledge of â€˜Haitian Jackâ€™ were exclusive to the articles. Â â€œBoth the details of Nigel and Tupacâ€™s relationship that have not been published by anyone else.â€
Powell says the â€™embellishedâ€™ character of â€˜Nigelâ€™ was simply â€˜copy-pastedâ€™ from his articles into the film.
Kevin Powell says he initially didnâ€™t want to sue. Â And he wrestled with the idea of litigating. Â But after seeing the movie twice, he simply couldnâ€™t let it go.
Hereâ€™s a statement the author posted on Facebook:
via Digital Music News