Kanye West Named in $2.5 Million Copyright Infringement Suit Over "New Slaves"

Kanye West has been named in a $2.5 million dollar-plus copyright infringement in connection with his 2013 song, “New Slaves.” According to a complaint, which was filed by Hungarian composer Gabor Presser in the Southern District Court of New York, a federal court in Manhattan, on Friday, the rapper “knowingly and intentionally misappropriated” one of Presser’s songs for the “Yeezus” track by using it without obtaining authorization from the composer. 

According to the suit, “New Slaves” heavily samples Presser’s 1969 composition “Gyongyhaju Lany,” which is “one of the most beloved pop songs ever in Hungary and across Eastern Europe,” but Presser was not made aware until after the song was used in a promotion for the 2013 album. The suit also alleges that Presser has not been paid for the past two years for his song’s use, aside from a $10,000 “advance” check from West's team, which is currently being held by Presser's attorneys.

This isn't the first time Kanye has been sued over a Yeezus sample. Back in 2013, Ponderosa Twins Plus One singer Ricky Spicer said he wasn't properly compensated for the sample used in "Bound 2."