Kanye West’s Copyright Infringement Lawsuit Settled
Rapper Kanye West has settled a copyright infringement lawsuit over his song “New Slaves.” Hungarian rocker Gabor Presser filed suit against the “All of the Lights” hitmaker in a New York court in May, claiming the hip-hop star sampled his track, Gyonhyhaju Lany, at the end of his “New Slaves” song without his formal approval.
According to his legal action, West reached out to Presser to seek his permission before the tune was released on his 2013 album Yeezus. Presser agreed, but under the assumption that a formal deal would be negotiated. West sent the composer a $10,000 advance to push the deal through quickly, but Presser insisted he never cashed the check, and subsequently demanded $2.5 million in compensation. Last month, West was granted a request to be deposed in Los Angeles instead of New York, because it is where he lives. He was scheduled to sit for a series of questions on Wednesday, but the lawsuit was settled on Monday, according to the New York Post’s Page Six. The terms of the settlement were not disclosed and neither party has commented.