Nicki Minaj has scored a major victory in her legal battle with Tracy Chapman.
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In 2018 Chapman sued Minaj for copyright infringement over the rapper’s unreleased song ‘Sorry,’ which interpolates Chapman’s ‘Baby Can I Hold You.’ The singer then claimed that the ‘Starships’ songstress used her music without her permission.
However, the Hip-Hop star has now won a major legal battle as Variety reports that Judge Virginia A. Phillip sided with her. Her doctrine reads:
“Artists usually experiment with works before seeking licenses from rights holders and rights holders typically ask to see a proposed work before approving a license. A ruling uprooting these common practices would limit creativity and stifle innovation within the music industry.”
‘Sorry’ first surfaced in 2018 and Minaj publicly asked Chapman to clear the sample, so the song could appear on her ‘Queen‘ album.
The battle is far from over though as the legal fight will continue on whether Minaj infringed on Chapman’s song after ‘Sorry’ was distributed to the radio.
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