RZA Files Lawsuit After Sampling Infringement Accusations

Rolling Stone
Rolling StoneMarch 1, 2013
RZA Files Lawsuit After Sampling Infringement Accusations

RZA is striking back against sampling infringement allegations that have resulted in lost income. The Wu-Tang Clan leader is unhappy with Island Def Jam for withholding over $50,000 in royalties based on allegations that his 2010 song with Kanye West, "Dark Fantasy," contains uncleared recordings from Teichiku Entertainment. RZA filed a lawsuit this week against JVC Kenwood Holdings, a multinational company that includes Teichiku.

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According to the Hollywood Reporter, RZA alleges in the suit that he was told "Dark Fantasy" sported a sample of "Gincyo Watadori," performed by Meiko Kaji, and Teichiku wanted compensation. That led Island Def Jam – Kanye West's label – to withhold royalty payments to RZA. An attorney with Teichiku says they made a claim last June, but disagreements over a settlement offer have led to the lawsuit.

RZA's goal is to secure a declaration from the court that the track is not an infringement, a proactive strategy. He's not the only artist who has faced this predicament recently; West, the Beastie Boys, Madonna, Jay-Z and others faced sampling lawsuits last year.


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