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    Wed, 21 Dec 2011 12:07:20

    Kanye West + Jay-Z Respond to Copyright Lawsuit - They are being sued over "The Joy"

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    Kanye West and Jay-Z have responded to a copyright infringement lawsuit filed against them by Syl Johnson. Ye and Jay are questioning whether Johnson's suit is valid and if his music is actually protected by law.

    Johnson filed suit against the duo in October after hearing his song "Different Strokes" sampled on their track "The Joy," which appears on the deluxe edition of Watch the Throne.

    Johnson claims representatives for West had initially approached him for permission to use the old tune on a track for his 2010 album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, but the request was not approved in time for its release. West then used the sample for the Throne, and now the singer is demanding compensation for knowing and willful misappropriation. Perhaps Ye thought it was okay to use the sample since it was previously approved? Perhaps not, since he and Jay are saying that the song might not fall under protection guidelines.

    West and Jay-Z filed papers in response to the suit last week. The challenged the legality of his claim, pointing out that "Different Strokes" was made in 1967 and sound recordings were only automatically protected by federal copyright laws from 1972.

    Team Watch the Throne or Team Syl Johnson?

    —Maggie Pannacione
    12.21.11



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