Tracy Chapman and Nicki Minaj have settled their two-year-long copyright infringement lawsuit for $450,000 offered by Nicki Minaj as the case had dragged for too long.
It will be recalled that Tracy Chapman filed a lawsuit in the California Central District Court against the rapper and singer Minaj, whose real name is Onika Tanya Maraj in October 2018 for allegedly sampling Chapman’s 1988 song “Baby Can I Hold You.”
According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff alleges that Maraj used the song lyrics and vocal melody in an unreleased track called “Sorry” without permission or authorization.
The plaintiff reportedly said that the defendant’s team contacted Chapman multiple times for permission to sample the song and include “Sorry” on her 2018 album “Queen” and the Grammy-winning singer refused.
Chapman alleged that Maraj leaked the song to Funkmaster Flex, a New York City DJ, who played “Sorry” on the radio and posted it on social media.
The plaintiff reportedly said that the defendant infringed on its intellectual property and had caused lots of damages, confusion, and false designation of origin.
As the court case dragged for two years since 2018, the “Super Bass” rapper offered Chapman a $450,000 judgment offer which Chapman accepted.
“I am glad to have this matter resolved and grateful for this legal outcome which affirms that artists’ rights are protected by law and should be respected by other artists,” Chapman reportedly said in a statement via her publicist, Howard Bragman.
The case is now closed.
Tracy Chapman v. Onika Tanya Maraj et al
|Judge:||Virginia A Phillips|
|Court:||California Central District Court|
|Nature of Suit:||Copyright|
|Case Filed:||Oct 22, 2018|