Kanye West Asks Judge To Drop The Copyright Infringement Case

Kanye WestKanye West may not be looking for a “Gold Digger” but according to the family of the late singer David Pryor, he might be one. The family claims the rapper stole music from their father for 2005 hit single featuring Jamie Foxx.The Pryor family hit Ye with a lawsuit last year for the track that also features samples from the late Ray Charles’ song “I Got A Woman,” claiming the rapper took lyrics from their father’s song “Bumpin’ Bus Stop.”Kanye as well as his co-defendants have asked the judge that the case be dropped. Based on the documents obtained by Radar Online he is only alleged to have copied “snippets of a mere one to five words e.g. “step,” “get down,” “step up” and “it’s the hottest things.”Defending lawyers claim that a few words are not enough to prove copyright infringement despite the family’s claim that Yeezy used more.

While the lawsuit specifically calls out the newly married Kanye, it is also suing Jay Z’s Roc-A-Fella Records and The Island Def Jam Music Group, as well as other companies linked to Island Def Jam label when song was released. Warner Bros. Entertainment, UMG recordings and NBC Universal as well as two other record companies have also been named in the case.

Ye is being sued directly while the record companies are being sued for 18 other recordings by artists such as Tupac, Gang Starr, Q-Tip, Madlib, DJ JS-1, Long Beach Dub Allstars, Madvillian and Beanie Sigel that the family says sampled their father’s work.


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Marvin Gaye’s Kids Sue Robin Thicke

As expected, Marvin Gaye’s family is suing Robin Thicke over his hit song, “Blurred Lines.” Thicke pre-emptively (and “reluctantly”) sued Gaye’s family to protect the song after they alleged it was too similar to Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up,” and now two of Gaye’s kids are suing Thicke and his collaborators. They’re accusing Thicke of copyright infringement, the AP reports. The suit also claims Thicke used Gaye’s “After the Dance” in Thicke’s song “Love After War,” and accuses EMI of trying to intimidate Gaye’s family into not pursuing legal action, among other things.

Priceless statement from EMI parent Sony/ATV Music Publishing: “We have repeatedly advised the Gaye family’s attorney that the two songs in question have been evaluated by a leading musicologist who concluded that ‘Blurred Lines’ does not infringe ‘Got To Give It Up.”

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