Jun 30, 2022

Smells Like Infringement

Kanye West (“Ye”) is the subject of another legal battle, this time for alleged copyright infringement over his latest album, Donda 2 (“the Album”).

The rapper, who has legally changed his name to Ye, released the Donda 2 album earlier this year. The album is thought to be about relationship problems between himself and his now ex-wife, Kim Kardashian.

Ultra International Music Publishing LLC (“Ultra”) has issued proceedings against Ye for the unauthorised use of Marshall Jefferson’s 1986 song “Move Your Body” in the song “Flowers” from the Album. According to court papers filed at the U.S District Court in New York, Jefferson’s track is repeated at least 22 times throughout the song.

It is alleged that during talks with Jefferson, Ye and his representatives acknowledged “Move Your Body” is sampled in “Flowers”, but did not take a license. This is not the first time Ye has been accused of copyright infringement on Donda 2. In May, Ye was sued by Bishop David P. Moten who alleged Ye had used parts of a sermon delivered by the Bishop at a church in Victoria, Texas. That case is yet to be resolved.

If you have any questions on the above, please do not hesitate to contact the team at McDaniels Law on 0191 291 4000 or legal@mcdanielslaw.com.

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