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Chance the Rapper Sued For Copyright Infringement

September 13, 2017 | Posted by Joseph Lee
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Billboard reports that Chance the Rapper has been sued for copyright infringements. The lawsuit was filed yesterday over his song “Windows,” from his 2012 debut mixtape 10 Day. New York-based jazz musician and composer Abdul Wali Muhammad (fka Eric P. Saunders) said the song has portions of Lonnie Liston Smith’s 1980 song “Bridge Through Time,” which Muhammad filed a copyright claim for in 1979.

Muhammad said in the eight-page complaint that he didn’t give Chance permission to sample the track and wants damages for infringement. He also wants a court order from a federal judge, prohibiting Chance from “copying, distributing, performing, selling or offering to sell Chance’s song ‘Windows.’” He claims he first learned of the song in April 2017. He contacted his management in May to cease and desist but never got a reply. He currently works as a criminal and civil rights lawyer.

Chance’s song features samples from Apollo Brown’s remix of “Bridge Through Time,” a credited producer on “Windows.” It’s unknown if Muhammad owns the material in the song or not.

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