Posted in hiphop | music on March 1, 2013

RZA screams "J'Accuse!!!" at Teichiku Ent. (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
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RZA is taking a bold move of fighting back against a copyright infringement lawsuit, filing a lawsuit of his own against JVC Kenwood Holdings, which includes Teichiku Entertainment:

RZA (born Robert Diggs) is upset that the record label Island Def Jam has withheld more than $50,000 in royalties based on the claims that one of Teichiku's sound recordings was illicitly used on Kanye West's 2010 song, "Dark Fantasy," which RZA produced.

As a result, RZA is going to court to get a declaration that "Dark Fantasy" is not an infringement... According to the latest lawsuit, RZA was notified that "Dark Fantasy" contained an unauthorized sample from "Gincyo Watadori" performed by Meiko Kaji. The defendant demanded compensation.

What happened next, according to RZA's court papers, was that West's label Island Def Jam refused to pay royalties, claiming "that it is entitled to indemnification from plaintiff against defendant's copyright infringement claim."

So RZA is going to court against the accuser in an attempt to show the sampling allegation has no merit. -[Hollywood Reporter]

Follow that? RZA seeks to "commence declaratory relief actions to squash some of these claims and, perhaps, recover our costs of defending" with the lawsuit, which is one of several in the works.

Yay! More lawsuits!

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Comments (8)

You left out the best part of the article in your quote.The sample in question is a small piano run in the song. Rza's lawyer had this to say about it after denying RZA sampled it.

"the piano run in 'Gincyo' is so simple that the least talented person in the studio could have replayed it had anyone wished to do so.""


Pure gold.

Posted by Anonymous | March 1, 2013 2:49 PM

Sample law is completely fucked. While it makes sense to add some sort of songwriting credit, it's insane to suggest that somehow a sample on a record will negatively impact the ability of the source material to sell.

Posted by Anonymous | March 1, 2013 3:09 PM

So nice to see blacks fight each other at courts instead of in the streets, we did advanced somewhat after all!

Posted by Anonymous | March 1, 2013 3:49 PM

^^ Apparently not yet very grammatically advanced, however.

Posted by Anonymous | March 1, 2013 3:51 PM

^^Assuming that the poster above you is black, huh genius?

Posted by Anonymous | March 1, 2013 5:01 PM

3:09 - I'm certainly not saying that modern day copyright law is perfect...but the ability of the source material to continue to sell is not the only justification or reason for having to compensate someone if you sample their work. How'd you like it if I sampled your song but claimed I didn't owe you anything because I didn't prevent you from continuing to sell your own song. Sounds ridiculous, right? George Clinton and James Brown sure thought so.

Posted by Anonymous | March 1, 2013 5:04 PM

Oh hell yes

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2013 8:32 PM

Countersuing is so gansta yo. SI Represet!

Posted by Anonymous | March 3, 2013 8:57 AM

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