Nicki Minaj closes 2018 lawsuit with Tracy Chapman for $ 450,000
If you remember, we reported back in 2018 that Tracy Chapman sued Nicki Minaj for copyright infringement because Nicki sampled Tracy’s song without her permission. The song Tracy is referring to is Nicki’s “Sorry” with Nas. “Sorry” should be on her album “Queen”, she couldn’t delete the sample from Tracy’s song “Baby Can I Hold You” so it was pulled . The song was originally leaked by Funkmaster Flex in the summer of 2018 but was later removed from their website.
The case eventually ended with Nicki settling nearly half a million dollars. Nicki already received a small victory in September 2020 when Judge Virginia A. Phillips joined her argument that “sorry” is protected under fair use.
Last week, Tracy and her team finally decided to accept an offer from Nicki to end the lawsuit. Tracy will receive the amount of $ 450,000 payable by Nicki, including all additional charges and legal fees. A source close to Nicki advised Tracy to get paid for by insurance, and the money doesn’t come straight out of Nicki’s pockets. The source continued, “Tracy asked for a lot more money in the lawsuit, but since the case was weak in some areas, she and her team settled for a smaller amount.”
The source also points out that the other part of the suit was Tracy, who said Nicki shouldn’t have recorded “Sorry” without her permission. Judge Phillips ruled that her testimony was ridiculous and that Nicki had the right to record first and get permission after the recording process was completed, which Nicki did.
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