Nicki Minaj to Pay $450 K in “Queen” Copyright Suit
Nicki Minaj and Tracy Chapman are all set to put this legal battle behind them.
According to documents submitted in California court on Jan. 7 and gotten by E!
” Judgment shall be gone into in favor of complainant Tracy Chapman and against Offender in the quantity of $450,000,” the Dec. 17 th filing read, keeping in mind that this amount was “inclusive of all expenses and lawyer charges sustained to date.”
In a declaration to E! News, Chapman reacted to the settled case.
In the days leading up to the August 2018 release, the 10- time Grammy nominee recommended there was a concern with one of the tunes.
“Had no clue it tested the legend #TracyChapman– do I keep my date & lose the record? Tracy Chapman, can you please strike me.
While “Sorry” never made it on the album, fans did get to hear it.
According to Wanderer, citing the problem, Chapman declared her agents “repeatedly denied” Minaj’s multiple “after-the-fact requests to use the Structure,” which the “Super Bass” star’s group reportedly began sending in June 2018.
” Tracy Chapman very much secure [sic] her rights and she has a right to deny a license when asked for,” Chapman’s legal representative Lee Phillips told the outlet. “There’s no question that this is infringement. If you ask what Nicki Minaj’s defense [is] going to be, we have no idea.”
Minaj reacted to the lawsuit in February2019 According to Wanderer, pointing out the reaction, Minaj argued the interpolation was protected by reasonable use. She reportedly declared Chapman has “not appropriately registered her claim to the copyright in the Composition [‘Baby Can I Hold You’].” Per the outlet, she therefore declared Chapman doesn’t own the “copyright in concern and therefore does not have standing to bring the claims alleged in the Complaint.”
In regards to the production of “Sorry,” Minaj’s team protected it.
“[I] n the procedure of creation, nobody approaches the initial songwriter (the ‘rights holder’) for a license to experiment,” Minaj’s court brief read, per The Hollywood Reporter “The musicians simply experiment. If something works, and the recording artist wants to release the tune commercially, then the record label, managers, and attorneys get involved and seek the needed permission. If it is approved, the recording is commercially launched. If permission is denied, the recording is disposed of; nobody is damaged; and the experimentation begins anew.”
” Recording artists need this flexibility to experiment, and rights holders value the procedure as well,” the brief continued, per the outlet.
” Chapman has requested samples of proposed works before authorizing licensing requests herself due to the fact that she wanted ‘to see how [her work] will be used’ prior to authorizing the license, yet Chapman argues against the very practice she preserves,” the judge reportedly composed. “A judgment rooting out these typical practices would restrict creativity and suppress development within the music market. This is contrary to Copyright Law’s primary objective of promoting the arts for the public excellent.”
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