Nicki Minaj Pays Tracy Chapman To End Copyright Fight

Law360 (January 8, 2021, 3:59 PM EST) -- Rapper Nicki Minaj has agreed to pay $450,000 to end a copyright lawsuit that accused her of illegally sampling a song by Tracy Chapman and then leaking the resulting track to a radio station when she was denied a license.

Three months after a federal judge sent the case to trial, Minaj accepted an offer of judgment from Chapman to end the dispute, which touched on tricky copyright issues concerning how much artists can privately "experiment" with such samples.

Peter W. Ross, an attorney for Minaj, told Law360 on Friday that they had only agreed to settle the case because "it...

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