Nicki Minaj Wins Copyright Lawsuit Against Tracy Chapman
Rapper and Singer Nicki Minaj Wins Copyright Lawsuit filed Against her by Tracy Chapman.
The Preciding Judge has ruled that the rapper did not commit copyright infringement when she created a song based on an interpolation of Tracy Chapman’s song ‘Baby Can I Hold You.’ Chapman had sued Minaj in 2018 for interpolating her song in the rapper’s unreleased Nas collaboration ‘Sorry’ without her permission.
Nicki had denied any infringement, asserting that the interpolation is protected by the fair use doctrine, adding that Chapman “has not properly registered her claim to the copyright in the Composition [‘Baby Can I Hold You’].” She claimed that Chapman does not own the “copyright in issue and therefore lacks standing to bring the claims alleged in the Complaint” and is not entitled to damages. The song was never officially released but Funk Flex had premiered it on his Hot 97 show in August 2018. The audio can still be found online.
U.S. district judge Virginia A. Phillips ruled that Nicki’s experimentation with Chapman’s song constitutes “fair use” and is not copyright infringement. “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,” the judge wrote. “A ruling uprooting these common practices would limit creativity and stifle innovation within the music industry.”
Minaj’s representatives had reached out to Chapman for permission to use the song which she wanted to include on her Queen album, but the veteran artist repeatedly refused to grant it. ‘Sorry’ eventually did not make the cut on Queen.
Rapper Snow Billy Claims Legendary DJ Kay Slay Died Of AIDS
DJ Kay Slay Allegedly Died Of AIDS
A former friend of DJ Kay Slay is spreading a very disturbing rumor about him – saying that he knows what truly killed the legendary NYC DJ. This former friend is telling people on Clubhouse that Kay Slay “died of AIDS.”
Snow Billy, is a former friend of Kay Slay and NYC rapper who once managed Tekashi 6ix9ine. He went on Clubhouse yesterday and told his listeners, “DJ/rapper Kay Slay had full blown AIDS.”
Officially, Kay Slay’s family released a statement at the time of his death – saying that the legendary DJ passed away after a long bout of Covid-19. The family did not reveal any other comorbidity that may have contributed to his death.
We are not able to confirm the veracity of Snow Billy’s statements – and it doesn’t appear that he has any evidence to back up his claims either.
But even without any evidence, Snow Billy’s ‘AIDS’ rumor is spreading like wildfire all over social media.
Listen to the hundreds of people on Clubhouse discussing the rumor that Snow Billy started. We’re not posting the audio here, because it contains a lot of bad language, and many questionable assertions.
Texas Man Punched In The Face After Telling Child To Be Quiet At A Restaurant
<>Man Punched In The Face After Telling Child To Be Quiet At A Restaurant
According to reports gathered A Texas man was punched in the face by a parent after he reportedly told their child to “be quiet” at a taco restaurant.
The Brownsville Police Department is currently searching for a man who punched the reported victim on Easter Sunday at the Taco de Marcelos restaurant.
In a statement, police said: “the male subject got up from the table and started assaulting another customer. The male subject then exited the location and left the area.”
“The only other detail we can release is that the victim told the suspect’s child to be quiet because they were trying to eat. And the subject got mad and went over there and started punching the victim.”
The suspect is reportedly still on the loose and no one has come forward with his identity
Investigator Martin Sandoval said the victim had “a couple of bruises” but appeared to be fine despite the unexpected attack. In a video clip provided by police, the suspect appears to be a white male wearing a red T-shirt, black shorts, and sneakers.
However, the public has not reached out to the police about the suspect’s identity.
DaBaby “Shot Home Intruder in the Leg” at North Carolina Estate
According to reports circulating the internet, there was a shooting at DaBaby’s estate in North Carolina earlier today and DaBaby was home when the incident happened.
Around 7:45 p.m. on April 14th, Troutman Police officers went to the home on Stillwater Road after receiving a call about a shooting at the rapper’s estate. When officers arrived, they found a person with a gunshot wound that was not life-threatening to their “lower extremities,” Troutman Police Chief Josh Watson told The Charlotte Observer.
DaBaby was inside the home at the time of the shooting, Watson said, adding that the person was shot on the football field outside of the home. The identity of the injured person was not revealed.
TMZ now reports citing law enforcement sources that DaBaby was the one who shot the intruder. The rapper reportedly exchanged words with the person and soon after shot him in the leg. DaBaby then called 911 and has been cooperative with cops.
WSOC TV reports that someone called 911 and told the dispatcher, “I shot him in his leg.”
“OK. And why did you do that?” the dispatcher asked.
“He’s trespassing on my property,” the man told the dispatcher. “(Inaudible) about my name. I don’t know what he’s here for. What he’s here to take. What he’s here to do. He’s neutralized until you guys get here.”