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Kanye West Hit With Copyright Lawsuit Over "Kids See Ghosts" Sample

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West used the sample but is denying any wrongdoing and asking the court to dismiss the claim.

Kanye West is facing a copyright lawsuit over a sample used on his 2018 album, Kids See Ghosts.

According to a report in The Blast, West is denying any wrongdoing and asking the court to dismiss a copyright claim stemming from a sample used on the song “Freee (Ghost Town Pt. 2)” off of his collaborative project with Kid Cudi.

Court documents show West admits to not asking permission for the sample usage but believes the work falls under fair use.

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The song's intro opens with an audio clip of a 2002 performance called “The Spirit of Marcus Garvey (Garvey speaks to an all-Black audience)” performed by the actor Ronald Oslin Bobb-Semple.

In March, Bobb-Semple sued West, Kid Cudi, Ty Dolla Sign, Def Jam and Universal Music Group claiming the sample was used without his permission and that he received no compensation.

West reportedly admitted to sampling Bobb-Semple’s performance without permission but felt that he did not need authorization. He also charged he is innocent of any wrongdoing and wants the full lawsuit thrown out.

In February, he was sued by the legal guardians of a girl whose voice was used on his song “Ultralight Beam.”