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Kanye West sued over illegal sample claim on ‘Donda 2’ IV News

Kanye West sued over illegal sample claim on ‘Donda 2’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Rapper, producer and entrepreneur Kanye West, who legally changed his name to Ye last year, was sued by musician Marshall Jefferson for allegedly sampling a song without permission .

Ultra International Music Publishing LLC stated that “Flowers” from West’s album “Donda 2” contains a sample of Jefferson’s 1986 dance song “Move Your Body” that has been repeated at least 22 times.

A representative for West did not immediately respond to a request for comment, and neither did West’s label Universal Music Group (UMG.AS), which is not a party to the suit.

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An attorney for Ultra International, which owns the rights to Jefferson’s song, said the company had no comment and believes the lawsuit speaks for itself.

Jefferson is a pioneer of house music from West’s hometown of Chicago. According to the lawsuit, West and his representatives admitted during a conversation with Jefferson that “Flowers” sampled “Move Your Body” but did not license it.

“West advocates for the rights of artists with one hand, yet has no shame in taking away rights from the other artist,” the lawsuit states.

West released “Donda 2” in February exclusively through its Stem Player, a handheld device that allows users to separate and recombinant parts of a song.

Kano Computing Ltd., a British company that developed the Stem player with West and is also named in the lawsuit, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The lawsuit says “Flowers” is reportedly about West’s ex-wife, Kim Kardashian, whose petition to end the marriage was approved in March.

Texas pastor David Paul Moten sued West in May for allegedly taking samples of one of his sermons without permission.

West has previously settled lawsuits over a Hungarian singer’s samples on the 2013 song “New Slaves”. 2016 song “Ultralight Beam” On A Child’s Prayer and a theater work about activist Marcus Garvey on “Free (Ghost Town Pt. 2)”, a 2018 collaboration with rapper Kid Cudi.


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