The Hollywood Reporter reports that Nicki Minaj sampled Tracy Chapman’s song “Baby Can I Hold You,” on a song released in 2018. The song made by Nicki and Nas, “Sorry,” was then released before Chapman was notified or had given approval. Now the artist is suing for copyright infringement. Minaj has come out stating that recording artists require the freedom to experiment, and this case should worry about the whole industry.
The defense’s brief writes, “artists have the right to “experiment” before obtaining clearance to use the song.” “If something works, and the recording artist wants to release the song commercially, then the record label, managers, and attorneys get involved and seek the required permission,” the brief explains. “If it is granted, the recording is commercially released. If permission is denied, the recording is discarded; no one is harmed, and the experimentation begins anew.”
– Excerpt from an article for MSN Entertainment. Read the full article here.
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