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April 2, 2012
KANYE WEST Sued for $500,000 Over Sample Used in 2006:

Kanye West is facing another lawsuit for his track, “Girls, Girls, Girls (Remix)” from his 2006 mixtape, Freshmen Adjustment 2. The track contains a sample from soul group The Persuaders’ 1972 track, “Trying Girls Out.” Freshmen Adjustment 2 was never commercially released, but Persuaders singer Robert Poindexter is unhappy with the use of his song, and on March 27th filed a claim with the U.S. District Court in Southern New York seeking $500,000 in damages. Says Poindexter:

Kanye West willfully infringed the copyright for private and financial gain by selling and distributing an untold amount of physical and digital copies of the illegal version (mixed tapes [sic]/street albums) to the general public on internet downloads and through the mail.

Fans will note that the original “Girls, Girls, Girls” was a single from Jay-Z’s The Blueprint, for which the Persuaders’ sample was actually cleared. There are no reports on whether this agreement extends to West’s usage on his mixtape. West recently settled a dispute with another soul musician, Syl Johnson, for unauthorized use of his song “Different Strokes.”

Via The Fader

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