Kanye, Common, Method Man Sued For Sample

posted May 24, 2008 09:05:42 AM CDT | 22 comments

Kanye West, Common and Method Man and their record companies are the subject of a $1 million lawsuit surrounding their use of a sample.

According to a report on Billboard, the daughter of late jazz musician Joe Farrell is accusing the emcees of using Farrells music without his approval.

The lawsuit said that each of the artists named used Farrells 1974 composition Upon This Rock in separate songs: Wests Gone, Commons Chi-City and Method Man and Redmans Run 4 Cover.

The lawsuit, filed by Kathleen Firrantello in U.S. District Court in New York, is seeking punitive damages of $1 million and asks that no further copies of the songs be made, sold or performed.

According to the article, none of the record companies or representatives for West, Common and Method Man were immediately available for comment.

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