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Kanye West SUED for Copyright Infringement Over Bound 2

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Kanye West should be sued for making Bound 2, period. LOL!  “I’m tired. You Tired. Jesus wept.” LOL!

Nevertheless, he is sued for an alleged copyright infringement of Ricky Spicer’s vocals on the track, among other claims. Folks, this is a case you settle if you are Kanye, Universal and all the other named Defendants. I don’t see this going to trial.

“Former soul singer Ricky Spicer filed a lawsuit against the rapper for using his voice from the 1971 “Bound” song by The Ponderosa Twins Plus One.

While Seth Rogen, James Franco and Ellen Degeneres got plenty of laughs for spoofing Kanye West’s “Bound 2” single, one former soul singer is less than pleased by the popularity of the rapper’s track.

Ricky Spicer, the former soul singer of The Ponderosa Twins Plus One, filed a lawsuit on Monday in New York court against West, as well as Roc-a-Fella Records, Universal Music Group and Island Def Jam Music Group. The suit states that Spicer is seeking an injunction and damages for alleged violations of New York civil right of publicity law (section 51), unjust enrichment and common law copyright infringement.

Spicer’s vocal is the audible, though altered, vocal heard throughout the chorus of the Yeezus track, singing the lyrics, “Bound, bound / Bound to fall in love.” The suit states that the audio was sampled without his authorization, and that he has yet to receive any compensation, despite the single’s success. .  .”

Compare the two videos. Don’t forget the funny parody below. Then head to THR,Esq. for the complete story and complaint.

Cheers,
Uduak

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Looooooooooooooooool! This kills me everytime. Looooooool!

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