Shock rappers Insane Clown Posse are being sued for over $2 million (£1.3 million) by a gothic music agency.
The agency, which is called Entity Productions, are claiming that the rappers sampled copyrighted Halloween-themed music on seven tracks without permission from their owners The Midnight Syndicate and want $2.1 million in damages as a result.
The lawsuit was filed on Monday (October 31) in Ohio and is likely to be heard after Christmas, reports Allhiphop.com.
Insane Clown Posse, who consist of rappers Shaggy 2 Dope and Violent J, made headlines earlier this week when their fans, who are known as Juggalos, were officially classified as a criminal gang by the FBI.
The FBI 2011’s National Gang Threat Assessment Report [NGTAR] has labeled Juggalos as a “concern to law enforcement” after becoming alarmed by their “general destructive and violent nature”.
A report published by the NGTAR says: “Most crimes committed by Juggalos are sporadic, disorganised, individualistic and often involve a simple assault, personal drug use and possession, petty theft, and vandalism. However, open source reporting suggests that a small number of Juggalos are forming more organized subsets and engaging in more gang-like criminal activity, such as felony assaults, thefts, robberies, and drug sales.”
Earlier this year, former White Stripes singer Jack White teamed up with the Insane Clown Posse to produce their single ‘Leck Mich Im Arse’ and releasing it on his Third Man Records label.