Kanye West Sued Over ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’ Samples
Kanye West and his record label, Roc-a-Fella, are being sued by TufAmerica for what the label claims are illegal samples on two songs from West's 2010 album 'My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.'
According to Billboard, West's songs 'Who Will Survive in America?' and 'Lost in the World' contain samples from the single 'Hook and Sling, Part 1' by New Orleans singer-pianist Eddie Bo. TufAmerica says they have owned the rights to the 1969 tune for over 15 years.
TufAmerica wasn't completely slighted. The label reportedly received a $62,500 licensing fee, but maintains that multiple uses of the sample were not authorized. The complaint says Roc-A-Fella "failed and refused to enter into written license agreements that accounted for their multiple other uses of ['Hook and Sling']."
TufAmerica is seeking undisclosed damages for the alleged copyright infringement. This isn't the first time West has run into legal troubles over his music. In addition to rumored threats of legal action by Theraflu over his song of the same name, the rapper and his label were sued by Evel Knievel in 2006 over the use of the daredevils trademarked image in West's 'Touch the Sky' video. The two stars ultimately settled the lawsuit "amicably" one year later.
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