Kanye West settles with Hungarian singer over alleged song theft
Kanye West has settled a lawsuit by a Hungarian rock singer who accused the hip-hop star of sampling one of his best-known works without permission for the 2013 song “New Slaves.”
The accord resolves claims that 85 seconds, or one-third, of “New Slaves,” which appeared on the No. 1 album “Yeezus,” was a copy of the plaintiff Gabor Presser’s 1969 song “Gyongyhaju Lany,” which translates roughly as “Pearls in Her Hair.”
“I am very glad it is over,” Presser was quoted as saying by Hungarian news agency MTI on Friday.
Terms of the settlement were not disclosed.
The parties settled on Monday, two days before West was scheduled for a deposition. A notice that they agreed to dismiss the case was made public on Thursday in Manhattan federal court.
“The matter has been resolved amicably,” Peter Cane, a lawyer for Presser, said on Friday.
Presser had sought at least $2.5 million of damages for copyright infringement, calling his song “one of the most beloved pop songs ever in Hungary and across Eastern Europe.”
He said he did not know the song was used until West’s lawyers gave him 24 hours to “work out a deal” and then sent him a $10,000 check, which he never cashed.