Rapper Lil' Flip has been slapped with a copyright infringement lawsuit over his hit track GAME OVER, by a video-game company.

NAMCO AMERICA filed the suit against the hip-hop star and SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT for copyright infringement, alleging the company's copyright was infringed upon, when sounds from the game PAC-MAN and MS PAC-MAN were included on the track.

The lawsuit alleges the sampled portions of the songs were never cleared and cites that the song contains references guns, drugs and profanity.

Sources say Namco is seeking millions in damages, with some stating the amount could be as high as $10 million (GBP5.5 million), reports website ALLHIPHOP.COM.

The lawsuit was filed months before a federal appeals court inCincinnati, Ohio, ruled that artists should pay for every sample included in their work, including short snippets, whether they're distinguishable or not.

The law previously allowed for some flexibility in regards to sampling, but that was struck down, when federal laws were passed to curb piracy of digital recordings.

27/09/2004 02:59