Kanye West and UMG Recordings are set to appear in court, as the two were slapped with a copyright infringement lawsuit late last week in a California court. Turns out, Yeezy may have employed some unauthorized sampling of a 1974 recording in several songs, including his 2005 hit "Gold Digger."
Members of the estate of late musician David Pryor (namely his children Trena Steward and Lorenzo Pryor) brought suit, stemming from his song "Bumpin' Bus Stop." According to the complaint, Kanye and friends "engaged in the repeated willful infringement of Plaintiffs' copyrighted music on a massive scale by sampling Plaintiffs' copyrighted music." Steward and Pryor are seeking damages of $150,000 per infringement, as well as attorneys' fees. Considering the fact that "Gold Digger" sold more than 3 million copies in the United States alone, this could be an expensive suit for Kanye.