Jay-Z, Kanye Settle Alleged Copyright Infringement Lawsuit
Posted on Mon Mar 12, 2012 10:44 AM PDT
LOS ANGELES, California (X17online) - Kanye West and Jay-Z have settled a federal lawsuit over the sampling of a song on their joint album, Watch The Throne.
Blues and soul musician Syl Johnson sued the rappers, along with their record labels UMG and Def Jam, for illegally sampling his song "Different Strokes" on their track "The Joy" without his permission or proper credit.
Johnson's allegation was made last October, and by December the rap superstars spoke out in their defense and maintained they had not violated any copyright laws. They also called into question whether Johnson's original track was protected under the federal law, which didn't take effect until 1972.
This isn't the first time Johnson has sued for alleged copyright infringement. He made similar claims against rap group Cypress Hill, asking for $28 million in damages, but the suit was thrown out because the music sampled was pre-1972 and therefore not protected.
Legal papers were filed last week in Illinois for the Jay-Z/Kanye suit, and the case was dismissed due to a settlement between the parties.
The details of the settlement are private and remain unknown.