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Quick Hit: Jay-Z and Kanye West Accused of Copyright Infringement

MTV has an interesting story that has been floating around the internet for the past few days:

Def Jam’s lawyers are about to get busier. According to a post on “archival record label” and publisher the Numero Uno Group‘s blog, acclaimed R&B/soul singer Syl Johnson is considering a lawsuit against the Throne (Jay-Z and Kanye West) for an uncleared sample of one of his songs on their album Watch the Throne. A sample of Johnson’s 1967 song “Different Strokes,” which appears on the track “The Joy,” was allegedly never properly cleared.

These kinds of lawsuits are not uncommon and usually quickly end in settlement.  It is interesting to read the various posts about it.  None of them indicate a lawsuit has been filed, but that one will be filed.  We’ll monitor this case and check back with updates.


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