Kanye West Reportedly Hit With New Copyright Lawsuit Over "Gold Digger"
Kanye West and others now facing a copyright lawsuit due to the alleged use of a sample on "Gold Digger."
G.O.O.D. Music rapper Kanye West has yet again found himself in the middle of a copyright infringement lawsuit thanks to his 2005 single “Gold Digger.” AllHipHop.com reports that Trena Steward and Lorenzo Pryor, the children of the late David Pryor, are suing West and a number of labels for allegedly sampling Pryor’s 1974 record “Bumpin’ Bus Stop.”
The lawsuit states that West and others took part in an “illegal copyright infringement scheme and criminal enterprise involving the unauthorized, willful sampling of plaintiff’s original copyrighted music on a massive scale.”
Others targeted in the copyright/RICO lawsuit include Roc-A-Fella Records, Bad Boy Records, Stones Throw Records, and even video game publisher Activision.
“Gold Digger” features singer/actor Jamie Foxx and is produced by Kanye West who originally crafted the beat for fellow rapper Shawnna.
The specific amount Steward and Pryor are seeking in their lawsuit is unclear, but it is reported to be in the millions.