Kanye West Facing $2.5M Copyright Infringement Lawsuit Over 'New Slaves'
Nearly three years after its release, Kanye West is being sued over his Yeezus single New Slaves by Hungarian composer Gabor Presser, who claims the rapper owes him money for a sample that was used at the end of the track.
In a complaint filed by Presser in the Southern District Court of New York on Friday, he claims West used a part of his band Omega's song Gyöngyhajú lány, which has been billed as "one of the most beloved pop songs ever in Hungary and across Eastern Europe" in the lawsuit.
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Presser says West reached out to him for permission to use the sample and he agreed, contingent on the condition that a formal deal would follow, but that never happened.
Presser claims West even sent him $10,000 in advance for the audio sample but the check was never cashed and is now seeking $2.5 million as compensation.
This won't be the first time West has been served with a lawsuit over his music. Last month, the 38-year-old musician found himself in legal trouble over his The Life of Pablo album after a fan filed a suit accusing West of tricking him into subscribing to the Tidal streaming service by promising fans that the album would be exclusively available on Tidal and will not be released on any other platform.
In 2013, West was sued by former child soul star Ricky Spicer of The Ponderosa Twins Plus One, claiming that Kanye used his vocals on the Yeezus track Bound 2 without permission. The case was settled outside of court.