Lawsuit Spotlight: Kanye West Sued Over Illegal Sample

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Ah, the art of music sampling in rap songs. You’d think big names like Kanye West can get away with these sort of things, but neglect in legal use of a song still can drag West into trouble. Allhiphop.com reported that Robert Poindexter, a member of the 70s R&B group “The Persuaders” filed a lawsuit against Kanye West in the United States District Court of Southern New York, March 27. West is sued over the use of the song “Trying Girls Out” on the song “Girls, Girls, Girls” his 2006 mixtape “Freshmen Adjustment 2.”

Poindexter claims that the track contains an illegal sample of the song “Trying Girls Out” The Persuaders in West’s “Girls Girls Girls” track. In the lawsuit, it’s said that West is aware that the sample was not cleared because he actually used a cleared version of the sample on “Girls Girls Girls” on Jay-Z’s 2001 album “The Blueprint”.

It is weird how a span of five years time can make a musician forget which sample he used for which song. However, it turned out that before filing the lawsuit, Robert Poindexter has offered to settle the matter outside of court with Kanye West, saying:

“I have offered to resolve this matter out of court with Kanye West. But in response, he has refused to even discuss any ‘out-of-court’ resolutions whatsoever. Nor has he provided any evidence that he is demanding others to cease and desist from selling the illegal version.”

Robert Poindexter seeks $500,000 in damages.

Do you think Kanye should just pay up? Afterall, $500,000 is probably not that much money for him.

Image from MTV.com

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