Dr Dre recently won a lawsuit involving a former police commander who claimed he was illegally recorded in a retail 2000 "Up In Smoke" tour DVD.
The Michigan Supreme Court ruled in favor of rapper Dr. Dre in a case involving a very important legal principle — whether the police have a right to privacy while performing their duties. The state high court said no. The court, in a 6-1 ruling, dismissed the suit, saying that there is no right to privacy for police while on the job. The implications of this ruling are far more important than they may seem initially because it explicitly makes it legal in the state of Michigan to record the police while they perform their duties. (Michigan Messenger)
The footage reportedly showed police backstage at one of Dre's shows.
During a 2000 concert, the officers went backstage and told organizers power would be shut off if they showed a sexually explicit video. That confrontation was recorded and included in a popular DVD highlighting the "Up in Smoke" national concert tour that also featured rappers Snoop Dogg and Ice Cube. The officers filed the lawsuit, citing a privacy violation. (Associated Press)