Chance the Rapper sued for alleged copyright infringement over song “Windows” – Consumer News

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12 September 2017 | 6:37 pm

A New York lawyer and jazz musician filed a copyright infringement suit against Chance the Rapper and his licensing company, alleging the Chicago musician used and profited from his work without permission.

The complaint, filed today in federal court in Chicago, describes plaintiff Abdul Wali Muhammad as a jazz musician, songwriter, composer and lawyer who has played with several musicians and who practices criminal and civil rights law in New York. His former name is Eric Saunders, the complaint says.

Muhammad alleges that Chance willfully used a significant part of Muhammad’s song “Bridge Through Time” in his song “Windows” without permission. Muhammad originally copyrighted “Bridge Through Time” in May 1979, according to the complaint.

Muhammad is asking anyone copying, distributing, performing, selling or attempting to sell “Windows” to stop, the complaint says.

He also wants damages for willful copyright infringement and reimbursement for attorneys fees and court costs. (Read the lawsuit below.)

Willful copyright infringement costs $150,000 per work in damages, says Caroline “Coco” Soodek, a Chicago-based transactional lawyer who specializes in art law and business.

“It’s a fairly strategic way of crafting the complaint because what (Muhammad’s) doing is he’s asking for the maximum amount, alleging the maximum type of infringement, and demanding the maximum amount of damages,” Soodek says.

Soodek says these types of cases are more common because artists are likely to settle. Copyright infringement cases can be expensive to take to trial because, in addition to hiring lawyers, artists have to hire musicologists to analyze the competing works and testify whether the components of the songs are the same.

“Lawsuits are, in some way, the cost of success,” Soodek says.

Chance’s manager, Pat Corcoran, and father, Ken Bennett, did not respond to requests for comment. “Windows” is part of Chance’s 2012 “10 Day” album.

‚Äč Chance the Rapper’s full name is Chancelor Bennett.

Suit against Chance the Rapper by Anonymous 6f8RIS6 on Scribd



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