UPDATE (5 June 2019): Kanye West and Kid Cudi have legally responded to Bobb-Semple’s copyright lawsuit over “Freeee (Ghost Town, Pt. 2).” The duo, their collaborators including Ty Dolla Sign, G.O.O.D. Music, Def Jam Recordings and Universal Music Group denied the original claim, saying that their use of the sample in question falls under fair use. They also contest that even if they did infringe the copyright, the action was “innocent and non-willful” and that the actor has no evidence to prove otherwise. Furthermore, the defense notes that Bobb-Semple’s suit is “barred by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.”
ORIGINAL STORY (8 March 2019): Kanye West and Kid Cudi, the duo behind 2018’s Kids See Ghosts LP, are being taken to court. According to reports, the pair along with collaborator Ty Dolla Sign are being sued over their track ”Freeee (Ghost Town, Pt. 2).”
“Freeee (Ghost Town, Pt. 2)” starts off with a speech by civil rights activist Marcus Garvey, however actor Ronald Oslin Bobb-Semple claims that the song used his 2002 performance of the speech, and that none of the three artists received permission to feature his voice nor has he received his portion of the royalties.
‘Ye, Cudi and Ty are yet to release a statement regarding this matter so stay tuned for updates.
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