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Kanye West sued by Donna Summer’s estate over copyright of I Feel Love

The estate is requesting maximum damages, equating to 150,000 dollars (£118,000) ‘for each act of infringement’.

Kanye West is being sued by Donna Summer’s estate over copyright of I Feel Love
Kanye West Kanye West is being sued by Donna Summer’s estate over copyright of I Feel Love (Jonathan Brady/PA)

The estate of US singer Donna Summer has accused rap star Kanye West of “stealing” parts of her hit song I Feel Love for his new album.

In a lawsuit filed in California, Summer’s husband Bruce Sudano claimed West and Ty Dolla $ign – real name Tyrone Griffin – engaged in “blatant theft” after the estate “explicitly denied” their request to use a sample of the song on their collaborative album Vultures 1.

The lawsuit said the pair used “instantly recognisable” parts of Summer’s song in their new track Good (Don’t Die), despite having rejected their proposal due to West’s “controversial history”.

Kanye West is being accused of stealing parts of Donna Summer’s hit track I Feel Love
Donna Summer Ye Lawsuit Kanye West is being accused of stealing parts of Donna Summer’s hit track I Feel Love (Amy Harris/Amy Harris/Invision/AP)

The court documents suggest the Summer estate were approached on January 31 to request clearance of the song, which was denied, but the album was released a week later on February 10.

During this time, representatives for West and Griffin approached Summer’s record label to request clearance of the master recording of the song, which was also denied, court documents allege.

The song was streamed “millions of times” before platforms including Spotify, iTunes and Apple Music were able to remove it, while West and Griffin have performed the song at recorded live concerts with clips online amassing millions of views.

The estate is requesting maximum damages, equating to 150,000 dollars (£118,000) “for each act of infringement”.

“It is about protecting Donna Summer’s own musical legacy and one of popular music’s most influential and ground-breaking songs,” the court documents said.

Summer, a five-time Grammy winner, died in 2012 at the age of 63 but was post-humorously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame a year after her death.

A representative for West and Griffin have been contacted for comment.

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