Tuesday, 9 April 2013

# Celebrities # Entertainment

American Artist: Kanye West sued for copyright infringement

Kanye West has landed himself in trouble for not getting a sample he used in “Gold Digger” cleared. Trena Steward and Lorenzo Pryor, who are the children of David Pryor, a songwriter on the original recording, are taking the producer to court for using part of "Bumpin' Bus Stop", by Thunder & Lightning without permission.

According to Source Kanye West is being sued by David Pryor's children Trena Steward and Lorenzo Pryor for lyrics the rapper used on his 2005 hit ‘Gold Digger’, taken from the their father’s 1974 song 'Bumpin' Bus Stop', which he performed with ‘Thunder & Lightening’.

If successful, the children could win themselves a pretty decent settle fee. The lawsuit is not limited to Kanye West alone and includes artists like A Tribe Called Quest and Missy Elliot, who have all used the ‘get down’ sample in their productions.

Steward and Pryor are reportedly seeking $150 million in damages per infringement, as they own the copyright for the song.  They claim the rapper used their father’s voice to echoe ‘get down’ during West’s ‘Get down girl, get down’ lyric.

In the court documents filed last week, the siblings state that West along with Roc-A-Fella Records, The Island and Def Jam Music Group were involved “in the repeated wilful infringement of Plaintiffs’ copyrighted music on a massive scale by sampling Plaintiffs’ copyrighted music” The Inquisitr reports. 

West, 35, is expecting his first child with reality TV star Kim Kardashian. The rapper shocked thousands of fans during a concert in Atlantic City in December last year when he introduced Kardashian as his 'baby mama'.

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