Kanye West sure knows how to make hits, but it seems he’s not so skilled at acquiring the proper permissions before he lifts other singers’ sounds.
RadarOnline.comreports that Kanye is being sued by Robert Poindexter, a member of ‘70s ensemple The Persuaders, who claims that Yeezy helped himself to a sample of the band’s song “Trying Girls Out (the Composition)” on his remix of Jay Z’s “Girls, Girls, Girls,’ which was included as a hidden track on Hov’s Blueprint album.
Robert, who is seeking $800,000 in damages, claims that Kanye “willfully infringed the composition copyright for private and financial gain by selling and distributing an untold amount of tangible and digital copies.”
This is far from the first time Kanye’s been accused of lifting other artists’ work: he’s been the subject of lawsuits by everyone from legendary daredevil Evel Knievel, who subsequently settled out of cout, to former Ponderosa Twins Plus One singer Ricky Spicer, who claims that Kanye didn’t secure the proper permissions before using a sample of the group’s “Bound” for his recent hit, “Bound 2.”
Do you think Robert has a case against Kanye? Should Kanye have known better than to sample the song without paying for the rights first?