Kanye West, Ty Dolla $ign, Donna Summer Estate Settle Copyright Lawsuit Over ‘I Feel Love’

Kanye West Donna Summer settle copyright lawsuit
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Kanye West and Ty Dolla $ign settle a copyright lawsuit filed by the Donna Summer Estate for the use of “I Feel Love” in the duo’s “Good (Don’t Die).”

Ty Dolla $ign and the rapper formerly known as Kanye West have settled a federal copyright infringement lawsuit filed against them by the Donna Summer Estate’s executor and her second husband, Bruce Sudano. Sudano filed his lawsuit in February over the unauthorized use of Summer’s 1977 hit, “I Feel Love” in the duo’s song “Good (Don’t Die).”

While the court documents filed on June 20 do not outline specifics, they reveal that the case is being dismissed with prejudice.

In his lawsuit, Sudano claimed that although the artists sought a clearance request for the use of Summer’s song, they were denied by both the estate and her label, Universal Music Enterprises. Instead, according to Sudano, Ty and Ye “used the song’s iconic melody as the hook for their infringing song and essentially re-recorded almost verbatim key, instantly recognizable portions of “I Feel Love” using a singer soundalike to Summer, with slight changes to the lyrics (also done without permission.”

“Good (Don’t Die)” appeared on the Ye and Ty Dolla $ign collaboration Vultures 1, which was released on February 20 and was initially available on digital streaming platforms. The track has since been removed from Spotify and other major streaming providers at the request of the Summer estate.

And Donna Summer isn’t the only artist whose work the duo was not granted permission to use. Both Nicki Minaj and Ozzy Osbourne confirmed on social media that they refused to authorize samples of their music on the album in the wake of Kanye’s very public descent into antisemitism and hate groups. “West is known as a controversial public figure whose conduct has led numerous brands and business partners to disassociate from him,” Sudano’s lawsuit reads.

“I Feel Love” was released in 1977 on Donna Summer’s fifth studio album, I Remember Yesterday. Co-produced by electronic music godfather Giorgio Moroder, the synth-infused track was popular during the disco era. It was initially released as the B-side to the single “Can’t We Just Sit Down (And Talk It Over),” before being reissued two months later with the sides reversed.