Tuesday, November 08, 2022

Kanye West Sued Over Unauthorized Sample

Kanye West is notorious for using music samples from other artists without permission or credit [click here here here and here if you missed that].

Now Yeezy is being sued over an unauthorized sample from Boogie Down Productions...

From TMZ 
According to legal docs, obtained by TMZ Hip Hop, a company says it owns the copyright to BDP’s iconic diss track "South Bronx" and claims Ye never got permission to sample the song when he released the "Donda" bonus track on the Stem Player.
The company says Ye and his partner Alex Klein sold around 11K Stem Players within the first 24 hours of its release, raking in around $2.2 million dollars ... but claims they never got permission to use the sample even though the company says Ye’s team initially reached out to try to license it.
The suit alleges the sides never came to an agreement and says Ye’s side eventually retracted its offer to license it.
However, the suit claims Ye & Co. still heavily advertised the track that used the “South Bronx” sample to promote sales of “Donda” and the Stem Player.
The song was originally leaked by Drake ahead of their patchwork reunion during J Prince’s “Free Larry Hoover” concert.
The company is now looking to block further use of the song in the track and wants Ye and Co. to hand over any profits generated off it.