*DJ Kool Herc, credited as one of the pioneers of hip-hop, is suing HBO over the use of his identity, name and voice in the show “Vinyl,” produced by Martin Scorsese, Mick Jagger and others, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
In one of the episodes in its premiere season, the show’s main character visits the Bronx and is captivated by DJ Kool Herc scratching and mixing records.
DJ Kool Herc, born Clive Campbell, claims a violation of a New York civil rights law guarding against likeness misappropriation as well as his common law trademark rights.
“It’s beyond us why HBO and the producers of Vinyl, a successful show about artists and music, would hurt an artist like Herc who has contributed so much to the music industry,” says Taso Pardalis, the attorney representing the hip-hop progenitor.
A spokesperson for HBO responds, “We are confident there is no validity to the claims.”