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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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Kanye West sued for copyright infringement for ‘Gold Digger’ sample

We all know Kanye West knows how to get down but did the rapper steal a sample for his hit “Gold Digger”?

The lyrics “get down girl, go ‘head, get down” from his 2005 hit could arguably be one of the most iconic hooks in his stellar musical catalog but the family of David Pryor is claiming the rapper stole it.

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According to TMZ, the Pryor family is suing West for copyright infringement of their father’s 1974 record “Bumpin’ Bus Stop.”

Daddy Pryor, who died in 2006, says “get down” in the song he performed with his group Thunder & Lightning. Now, his daughter and son, Trena Steward and Lorenzo Pryor, have filed a suit saying West lifted that sample to use it in his “Gold Digger” song as an echo to his own voice.

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Defending the song, of which they both own one-quarter, the pair have asked a judge to stop the sale of the track and are suing for “millions of dollars” in damages for the unlicensed sample.

Additionally, they are claiming that West along with any other defendants named in the case has “systematically and willfully refused to clear samples of the plaintiffs’ original, copyrighted work in order to gain a commercial profit and to avoid paying and crediting the author.”

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Others named in the suit are Roc-a-Fella Records, Bad Boy Records, Stones Throw Records, Bomb Hip-Hop Records, Autumn Games, Activision, Caroline Distribution and The Island Def Jam Music Group.

At the time of this report, West has not commented on the matter.

Kanye West sued for copyright infringement for ‘Gold Digger’ sample – New York Daily News

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