Kanye West Settles Lawsuit With Music Publisher
In January, Kanye filed a bunch of lawsuits against music publisher EMI along with Roc-A-Fella and Universal Music. The aim of the lawsuits was to gain more control over his career by exiting his music publishing deal and claiming some past royalties. An interesting provision of the deal that was done before the release of The College Dropout had come to light, where Kanye was barred from retiring and must continue to put out music with major labels like music publisher EMI.
West accused EMI at the time of trying to lock him into a contract of “servitude” that could last his entire life and sought ownership of his catalogue.
EMI then counter-sued Kanye in March for attempting to get out of his contract, and according to The Blast,The two parties have now settled their legal battle. They have informed the court that they no longer want to pursue the lawsuits. “PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that Plaintiffs Please Gimme My Publishing, Inc., West Brands, LLC, Kanye West, and Ye World Publishing, Inc. (the “Plaintiffs”) and Defendant music publisher EMI April Music, Inc. and EMI Blackwood Music, Inc. (the “Defendants”) (collectively, the “Parties”) have reached an agreement in principle to settle the above-captioned action in its entirety. The Parties expect to draft and finalize a settlement agreement within ninety (90) days,” says the document.
The terms of the settlement are not yet clear but the contact was expected to end in 2010. Kanye’s new album Jesus is King arrives Sept. 27.