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Jay-Z & Kanye West

Settle Copyright Infringement Lawsuit

3/11/2012 10:19 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Jay-Z and Kanye West have to be feeling a little more joyful than usual -- because the hit-making duo has settled a federal lawsuit over their song "The Joy" ... TMZ has learned.

The "Watch the Throne" rappers were sued last October by Syl Johnson for using an unauthorized sample of his song "Different Strokes." Johnson had claimed Kanye tried to get the song cleared for his solo album, "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy," but couldn't get the deal done in time. 

So when the sample then appeared on "WTT," Johnson filed the lawsuit.

But in legal docs filed in Illinois federal court this week, the lawsuit was dismissed because the two sides reached a settlement ... though no further details were made available. 

Johnson is no stranger to copyright infringement cases; he's previously sued Michael Jackson, Jefferson Airplane and Cypress Hill.


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Is anyone surprised that Kanye thinks he can just take what he wants without consequences? I THINK NOT! Hope the settlement hits Kanye's pocket deeply!

934 days ago


Oh, I have an idea. Come up with some ORIGINAL Sh*t!!!! And seriously, you have more money than you know what to do with, but you still want to sample the hell out of someone elses stuff and not pay for it? Wow!!

933 days ago


Ah yes all the old uptight, close-minded people complaining about sampling...when musicians have been doing it since the 60s. Taking from records and all other forms of sampling is an age old thing by 2012, get over it and grow up. But then again if you were a genuine fan of music you would not at all have a problem with it.

897 days ago


Ahahaha, it is a two year old song given away for free on the internet. A good one though, glad it was resolved.

897 days ago
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