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Kanye West Settles Illegal Sample Lawsuit With Donna Summer

Kanye West Settles Illegal Sample Lawsuit With Donna Summer

Kanye West Settles Illegal Sample Lawsuit With Donna Summer. The iconic disco queen known for hits such as “Last Dance” and “Hot Stuff” has posthumously settled a legal dispute with rapper Kanye West over the use of her music. The settlement ended a contentious legal battle between the two parties and closed the music rights issue.

Donna Summer’s Estate and Kanye West Reach Settlement

Kanye West Settles Illegal Sample Lawsuit With Donna Summer.

As stated by NME, Summer’s estate has reached a settlement with Ye. Negotiations and legal proceedings were filed in February 2023 in a Los Angeles court.

The dispute arose when Kanye West used a sample of Donna Summer’s song “I Feel Love” in one of his tracks. He was not permitted to use the popular disco song and was sued.

Her heirs and legal team claimed that Kanye West had infringed upon their rights by using the sample. Ty Dolla $ign and Ye used the sample on “Vultures 1.”

According to Black Enterprise, Summer’s estate attorney, Stanton L. Stein, said,

“Plaintiff anticipates that the final settlement agreement can be executed shortly, and soon thereafter, the parties will be in a position to file a stipulation for dismissal of the action in its entirety,”

Initially, Donna’s husband, Bruce Sudano, filed the lawsuit in a federal court. Sudano is the executor of Donna’s estate. At first, Ye reached out to her estate to use the song.

However, Ye was turned down by her estate. Rumors were Donna’s estate did not want to associate with Ye because of his controversial past.

Details Of Lawsuit Resolved Amicably Between Two Parties

The details of the settlement were not disclosed. As soon as the lawsuit was filed, the song was removed from streaming services.

As far as we know, both parties have reached an amicable solution. Donna’s attorney reports that both parties are satisfied with the outcome.

Signatures were gathered on May 3 to officially resolve the lawsuit. At this time, neither Ye nor Ty Dolla has commented on the case.

With the settlement reached, the legal dispute involving music rights between Summer’s estate and Ye has finally ended.

This resolution sets a precedent for how artists and their estates can protect their intellectual property.

The case serves as a reminder of the importance of respecting artists’ rights. At the same time, it is important to be integral when it relates to another artist’s work.

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