After almost a year of legal back-and-forth, Kanye West has settled charges that his 2013 cut “New Slaves” had illegally sampled the work of Gabor Presser.
According to PageSix, the Hungarian rocker learned that West had sampled 85 seconds of his 1969 song “Gyöngyhajú Lány” (“The Girl with Pearly Hair”) days after Yeezy began his promotion campaign for his 2017 tour.
That’s when lawyers for Kanye emailed Presser that they’d like to work out a deal for the sample “as soon as possible” i.e. 48 hours.
Looking to close the deal ASAP, representatives for west sent Presser a $10,000 advance and asserted that accepting the money would obligate him to “consent to West’s unlawful use of the original composition.”
Not only did Presser not bite, but he was never able to work out a deal with West’s team on how to proceed with the unauthorized use of his work.
The Hungarian artist ended up seeking $2.5 million for copyright infringement stating that “New Slaves” had misappropriated the use of his song.
Kanye tried – and failed – to get a judge to throw out the suit and transfer the case before a trial date was set for May 15 in which Kanye would’ve had to testify.
Given Kanye’s mental stability as of late, making a deal out-of-court instead of taking the stand was probably best for him at the end of the day.