FASHION LAW RE-CAP: KANYE WEST FACES A LAWSUIT OVER ILLEGAL SAMPLING OF SONG

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Kim and Kanye’s joyous honeymoon was rocked last July by news alleging that the recently married rapper had lifted a song from Robert Poindexter of the 70’s hit group The Persuaders illegally. This is not the first time the Atlanta-born rapper had been in hot water, and certainly not the first time he had been accused of illegally stealing songs.

Last year a suit was filed against West alleging the artist stole the late singer David Pryor’s song, “Bumpin’ Bus Stop,” for the rapper’s hit Gold Digger.

This time: the second, but perhaps not the last, accusation claimed that West unlawfully sampled Poindexter’s 1972 hit, “Trying Girls Out (The Composition),” for his 2002 hit remix, “Girls Girls Girls.”  As reported in the Daily Mail: found among the court documents for the case is a quote from Poindexter stating, “Kanye West has never acquired authorization from me or the copyright owners of the composition.”

West is being charged with “willfully infringing the composition copyright for private and financial gain by selling and distributing an untold amount of tangible and digital copies,” in addition to being sued for creating a track when he was 25 years old.

Now 37, West is being pursued by Poindexter, which has been noted that Poindexter first attempted to sue West in 2012. The case was thrown out due to Kanye’s lack of response.

Poindexter asserts the rapper caused him millions in financial losses all because he refused to credit him for his song and his now seeking damages totaling US$800,000.

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