Kanye West Sued: Is Kim Kardashian’s Boyfriend Really A ‘Gold Digger’ That Infringed Copyright? [VIDEO & REPORT]

By Noelle Chehab April 9, 2013 10:55 AM EDT
Kanye West is being sued for allegedly using parts of a 1974 song in his hit single
Kanye West is being sued for allegedly using parts of a 1974 song in his hit single "Gold Digger". (Photo: AP)

Kanye West is being sued for his hit song "Gold Digger", which allegedly includes a portion of a rather unknown 1974 tune that West is being accused of using without legal rights.

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A civil complaint was filed by Trena Steward and Lorenzo Pryor against Kim Kardashian's boyfriend, Roc-A-Fella Records, The Island and Def Jam Music Group.

Steward and Pryor are the children of David Pryor, who wrote "Bumpin' Bus Stop" with his band Thunder & Lightening. The two claim that West committed copyright infringement, and are asking to be awarded damages. They also want "Gold Digger" sales to be ceased, despite the eight years that have passed since the single was released.

The obscure offspring allege the copyright violation occurs 13 seconds into the hit, when they claim their father's voice can be heard singing 'Get down' three times in the background as West sings, 'Get down, girl, go head get down'.

West's accusers each own a quarter of the rights to the song they claim the rapper used in the 2005 hit. As a result, Steward and Pryor are asking to be awarded $150,000 per copyright infringement along with attorney's fees.

"Gold Digger" sold over three million copies in the United States in addition to millions of international sales, meaning that the ruling could result in a hefty fine if West and the labels are found guilty of the crime.

Although West is being sued for copyright infringment for the third time, he is recording his sixth studio album and expecting a baby with Kim Kardashian in July. (Photo: AP)
Although West is being sued for copyright infringment for the third time, he is recording his sixth studio album and expecting a baby with Kim Kardashian in July. (Photo: AP)

West is no stranger to copyright infringement suits, and has been brought to court for copyright infringement on two prior occasions.

In 2012, the rapper was sued by TufAmerica, a New York record label, for including parts of the 1969 Eddie Bo song called "Hook and Sling" song in his track titled "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy".

The lawsuit claimed that Kanye paid $62,500 to use the song, but he "failed and refused to enter into written license agreements that accounted for their multiple other uses of ["Hook and Sling"]."

West was also brought to court in 2010 by Vincent Peters over copyright issues surrounding his hit "Stronger". West won the case, referencing Fredrick Nietzche's quote, "that which does not kill us makes us stronger," as the inspiration for the song lyrics.

The musician-turned-fashion-designer is currently recording his sixth studio album and is awaiting the arrival of his first child in July with his girlfriend, Kim Kardashian.

Watch the video below to hear the alleged copyright infringement.

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