Kanye West, Jay-Z In Hot Water Over Soul Sample

Law360, New York (October 14, 2011, 3:21 PM EDT) -- Soul singer Syl Johnson hit Kanye West and Jay-Z with a copyright infringement suit in Illinois on Friday, claiming they sampled his hit “Different Strokes” without permission on their joint concept album "Watch The Throne."

The lawsuit — which also targets Universal Music Group Inc. and its subsidiaries Island Def Jam Music Group and Roc-A-Fella Records LLC — claims the defendants sought but did not manage to obtain permission to sample the song for West's earlier album "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy." It further maintains that...
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Case Information

Case Title

Johnson et al v. West et al

Case Number



Illinois Northern

Nature of Suit



Honorable Ruben Castillo

Date Filed

October 14, 2011


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