Kanye West and Jay-Z Settle in Sampling Lawsuit

12 Mar

Last October, Syl Johnson brought suit against the rappers claiming that their sampling of “Different Strokes” was without permission.  Johnson claimed that he received no remuneration from the use.  The main point of contention for Jay-Z and West was whether or not the song was actually protected since it was recorded before 1972 where song recordings were not yet included under the copyright protection.  The case has since been dismissed due to a settlement reached by the parties.

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