Jay Z & Kanye File Lawsuit Against Syl Johnson For Stealing His MusicDecember 21st, 2011
Syleena Johnson’s father Blues man Syl Johnson is suing Jay Z and Kanye West. Know why? Because Jay Z and Kanye West sampled Syl Johnson’s music on their “Watch the Throne” album without permission mane – but guess what—Jay Z and Kanye West responded with a counter-suit against him.
Here’s what was reported:
“Apparently Kanye West asked Syl Johnson for permission to sample his 1967 song, “Different Strokes” for Kanye’s 2010 album “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy”. Syl gave Kanye his permission but not in time to make the album. The next thing Syl knows, the sample shows up on ‘The Joy’ on Kanye and Jay Z’s collaborative effort “Watch the Throne”. Syl immediately filed suit demanding compensation for knowing and willful misappropriation.
Instead of paying up, Jay Z and Kanye insist Syl has no copyrights because “Different Strokes” was made in 1967 – and sound recordings were only automatically protected by federal copyright laws from 1972.”
Are Jay Z and Kanye West ripping off old black musicians? Of course they are. Don’t believe me.. Ask Chuck D.
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