Nicki Minaj, forced to pay half a million for plagiarism


On January 8, The New York Times reported that Nicki Minaj would be forced to pay singer-songwriter Tracy Chapman $ 450,000 for a copyright dispute.

Documents released and obtained by the New York Times revealed that both parties agreed to a “copyright infringement lawsuit against Minaj and a payment of $ 450,000 to Chapman.”

The song in question for the infringement allegations was Minaj’s single, “Sorry.”

This is what you need to know:

Minaj was sued by the songwriter in 2018

The “Starships” singer was first sued by Chapman in 2018 for the song “Sorry,” which Chapman said was “largely borrowed” from her song, “Baby Can I Hold You,” released in 1988.

According to the New York Times, Minaj said it was protected by the “‘fair use’ doctrine, an exception to copyright law that allows creators to borrow copyrighted material under certain conditions.”

Minaj’s lawyers reportedly made the $ 450,000 offer in mid-December. It was accepted on December 30.

The disagreement will not proceed to trial.

“I’m glad I resolved this matter.”

The Hollywood Reporter quoted Chapman as saying about the resolution: “I am happy that this matter is resolved and I am grateful for this legal result that affirms that the rights of artists are protected by law and must be respected by other artists… They asked my permission. to use my song. In each case, politely and in a timely manner, I unequivocally said no. Apparently, Ms. Minaj chose not to listen and used my composition despite my clear and express intentions. “

He added: “This lawsuit was a final report, in an effort to defend myself and my work and to seek protection for the creative enterprise and expression of independent songwriters and publishers like me.”

What should you know about Chapman?

The singer-songwriter, best known for songs like “Fast Car,” was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and received an academic scholarship before attending Tufts University in Massachusetts, according to Hollywood Life.

The 56-year-old singer earned six Grammy nominations for her self-titled album. She took home the award for Best New Artist, Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, and Best Contemporary Folk Album.

That said, the singer has maintained a very reserved life, largely out of the limelight. In 2002, Hollywood Life reported that Chapman said via the About Tracy Chapman website: “I have a public life which is my work life and I have my personal life. In some ways, the decision to keep the two things separate is related to the work I do.

I don’t think I would have anything interesting to write about if I didn’t give myself time to have a life, to hang out with my friends or read a book or travel somewhere I’ve always wanted to see. It can be a very strange or unreal lifestyle to be a musician: you go from one hotel room to another ”.


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