Kanye and Jay-Z have made some incredible music, but unfortunately there's sometimes a fine line between being inspired and just plain old stealing!
And there's a soul musician named Syl Johnson and a lawsuit out there that says they crossed that line:
In a complaint filed in Illinois federal court on Friday, Johnson claims the two famous hip hop artists plus UMG and Def Jam took a portion of his song, "Different Strokes," used it on a song entitled "The Joy," and released it in August without his permission and without giving him any credit or payment.
Johnson says that West originally wanted to use the sample for his own solo album entitled My Beautiful Dark Twisted Family, but that the defendant was unable to obtain permission at the time of release. After failure to clear a license for the sample on one album, West's use of the sample on another album without permission is said to be an example of knowing and willful misappropriation.
It really does sound like that, but we're only hearing one side of the story.
Plus, Syl is known for just suing the crap out of people. In one case, the lawsuit he had with Cypress Hill was dropped in 2008 (for a song that Hill used in 1993), so Syl sued his own lawyers for malpractice for providing allegedly bad representation.
So it'll be interesting to see where this goes!
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