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Diddy Reportedly Bans His Son From Empire, Because Money

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Sean Diddy Combs, who's familiar with the concept of screwing artists over for money, reportedly banned his son Quincy from guest starring on Empire due to publishing reasons.


As musical director, Timbaland supervises the process of creating all the original songs featured on Empire, which are later made available on iTunes and Spotify. Stars on the show are asked to sign contracts as a result. Page Six reports that Quincy was set to appear in an episode of Empire, but "Diddy hit the roof when he learned that his son would have to sign over a portion of his music rights."

Well, well. Artists should fight for their publishing rights, but if Quincy didn't create all the music himself and it's "a portion" of his rights, then why is this a problem? (Maybe it's about percentages.) According to a source:

"Diddy kicked up a huge stink and called all the top brass at 20th Century Fox TV to get them to change their rules over music rights. He said there was no way his son was signing over his intellectual property. So he banned him from the show."


Reminder: Empire is a show about the shadiness of the music industry.

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I can't find a clear answer one way or the other: does Timbaland and his people create the entire song with Quincy merely performing it or does Quincy create some of the song as well?

Also there doesn't seem to be any information about what rights Quincy would be signing over. That's a huge piece of info. (Editing to add I meant there doesn't seem to be that info out there anywhere, in any place covering the story, so the info isn't available. Not a petty dig at Jezebel.)

Either way Comb's response/opinion seems fairly smart and reasonable. Up-and-comers may decide that signing away their rights is worth what they get in return (exposure) but that doesn't mean that's the only right answer. Obviously Diddy is confident we can make his son a star w/o the exposure on Empire.