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Jay-Z and Kanye’s second hand beats?

Hip hop heavy weights, Jay-Z and Kanye West have settled a copyright infringement lawsuit that was filed against the rappers in federal court. The lawsuit claimed that the hip hop duo stole a sample of music for their song The Joy.

The rappers teamed up for the critically acclaimed 2011 album Watch the Throne and were quickly sued in October by Syl Johnson for an unconstitutional sample of his song Different Strokes. Johnson claimed in the lawsuit that Kanye West tried to acquire the rights to the sample for his 2010 album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy but the two sides were never able to work out the f ine points in time for the albums release.

Shortly after Watch the Throne was released Syl realized the same sample Kanye West had sought before had been used and he filed his copyright infringement lawsuit. Details from the case which was filed in Illinois federal court are not known because no further details were made accessible to the public. According to documents both sides decided to settle the case rather than take it to trial.

Syl Johnson is a veteran of the copyright infringement lawsuit, he has previously filed and won cases against Michael Jackson, Wu-Tang Clan, Kid Rock and most famously against Cyprus Hill. Johnsons battle with Cypress Hill lasted nearly 20 years.

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