Legal Threat Magnet Kanye West is off the hook with at least one lawsuit that claimed he stole copyrighted material. THE Vultures 1 The rapper – accused last week of sampling Black Sabbath's “Iron Man” and Donna Summer's “I Feel Love” without permission from Ozzy Osbourne or Summer's estate – no longer faces allegations that he uploaded the video of his infamous Thanksgiving 2021 “Kimye” rant to Instagram without the consent of the volunteer who filmed it.
Videographer Elijah Graham sued West in Los Angeles federal court last October. He had recorded West grabbing the microphone at an event serving a holiday meal to the homeless in Los Angeles' Skid Row and lamenting the breakdown of his marriage to Kim Kardashian. In the video that quickly went viral, West claimed his divorce would be derailed by divine intervention. “The narrative that God wants is for you to see that everything can be redeemed,” he said, according to part of the video shared by People.
In new documents obtained by rolling stone, Graham's lawyers are asking that the lawsuit be dismissed with prejudice, meaning it can no longer be filed. The ruling comes shortly after a federal judge said the case was not being “diligently prosecuted” and was about to be escalated. Lawyers for Graham and West did not immediately respond to requests for comment sent Monday.
In the original lawsuit, Graham claimed he recorded his video on November 24, 2021, in hopes of profiting from it. He said West illegally siphoned off all the profits when the video went viral on West's Instagram account.
“In all of these relationships, we have made mistakes. I made mistakes. I publicly did things that were not acceptable as a husband. But now, today, for whatever reason – I didn't know I was going to stand here, I didn't know I was going to be in front of this microphone – but I'm here to change that narrative. I'm not letting E! writing my family's narrative,” West said in the recording, referring to the network behind Kardashian's hit reality show.
“I am the priest of my house. I have to be next to my children as much as possible,” he said. “If the enemy succeeds in separating Kimye, millions of families will think that this separation is acceptable. But when the kingdom, when God…gathers Kimye together, there will be millions of families who will be influenced to see that they can overcome the separation, the trauma that the devil has used to capitalize on keeping people in misery while the people step over homeless people to get to the Gucci store.
A year after his Thanksgiving visit, West reportedly sent his team back to Skid Row to hand out “White Lives Matter” shirts. It was the same month that West tweeted his intention to “commit a death attack against the JEWISH PEOPLE.” He later apologized in an Instagram post written in Hebrew, but then promoted anti-Semitic ideology again, playing sports. a T-shirt for Norwegian metal musician Burzum, who was fined for anti-Semitism. He also promoted Vultures 1 with illustrations that evoked the Burzum cover.
Ozzy Osbourne and his wife Sharon Osbourne didn't buy Ye's excuses when they took to social media Friday to stream his clip of “Iron Man” in the Vultures 1 song “Carnival”. “Kanye West asked for permission to sample a section of a 1983 Iron Man live performance at the US Speechless Festival and was denied permission because it is anti-Semitic and caused grief unspeakable to many people”, the singer wrote In capital letters. “He still used the sample at his album listening party last night. I want no association with this man!
Sharon, her husband's manager, responded later that day: “We are considering legal action,” she said in a statement. “Ozzy hasn’t spoken to Kanye but our team has spoken to theirs.” When Vultures 1a collaborative album with Ty Dolla $ign, was released on streaming platforms Friday evening, the undeleted extract has been replaced.
The estate of late disco diva Donna Summer, meanwhile, took to Instagram on Saturday to accuse West of copyright infringement over his hit “I Feel Love.” “Kanye West…asked for permission to use Donna Summer's song 'I Feel Love' and was denied…He changed the lyrics, had someone sing it again, or used the 'IA but it's 'I Feel Love'… copyright infringement!” THE Instagram Story read.
THE Vultures 1 The song “Good (Don't Die)”, features a voice singing the unmistakable lyrics, “I'm alive, I'm alive, I'm alive, I'm alive, ohhhh”, with a melody and cadence similar to the original of the summer. A representative for West did not respond to rolling stoneof the request for comments on the publication of the domain.
Beyond his latest project, West was sued in Los Angeles by his former accountant. That case was also dismissed by the plaintiff, according to a Jan. 2 filing.