Nina Simone’s Estate Sues over HTC Phone Ad

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  • Lawyers for the estate of Nina Simone are reportedly suing smartphone and tablet manufacturer HTC for using one of her songs in a commercial without permission.

    According to TMZ, the lawsuit accuses HTC of using Simone’s 1965 single “Sinnerman” without obtaining the rights. The ad uses a Felix da House Cat mix of the song. [Listen below.]

    The singer’s heirs are demanding $1 million in damages, TMZ reports.

    Simone died at her home in France in 2003 after battling breast cancer for four years.

    Below, the HTC commercial using the Felix da House Cat remix of Simone’s “Sinnerman,” followed by the original.

    (Photo: Retna)

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