Kanye West Sued by Former Child Singer Over “Bound 2″…

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Kanye West has been sued by a former child singer for sampling his voice without permission.

Ricky Spicer was in the group The Ponderosa Twins Plus One as a child, he is now 56. He says West sampled vocals he recorded when he was 12 years old. The vocals are reportedly used multiple times in the song “Bound 2”, which debuted at no. 1 on the Billboard charts.

Spicer has sued West, Roc-A-Fella Records, Island Def-Jam Music, Rhino Entertainment and Universal Music Group, demanding compensation or a cease and deist.

3 Responses

    • Peter Stottlemeyer

      Legally speaking, it’s far from a slam dunk @danwriter given the topsy turvy world of music rights. Kanye could have gotten permission from the actual rights holder and depending on the contract this child star might not have any legal rights to it.

      The whole system of copyright is screwed up, but legally speaking, there’s probably a lot more to this case, lots of contracts to review. Kanye is probably legally in the clear if he got a contract from a publisher telling him they had the rights to this music.

      Interesting to see what happens here regardless.

  1. Derek M.

    I’ve seen a lot of articles that are implying Kanye just used the sample without permission. Of course tt helps sells ads if you can run a headline like TMZ ‘s “Kanye West — Ripped Off Samples for ‘Bound 2’ … Claims Ex-Child Star”. You can make the connotation that Kanye is trying to victimize another artist… a “child star” no less. However, CNN’s article says that Kanye licensed the sample from Rhino Entertainment and Robinson Music Group: http://www.cnn.com/2013/12/24/showbiz/kanye-west-sued/index.html?iref=allsearch

    So, if he got the sample clearance from the label and the publisher, then the basic question is did they have the full rights to clear this for Kanye? Kanye’s licenses with those companies most likely idemnify him; so the burden will pass over to the label/publisher to verify their rights to clear. Its very possible that whatever contract Ricky Spicer had when he recorded the song didn’t contemplate sampling; but whether it allowed him to reserve those rights is another matter.