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Kanye Emerges Victorious In Lawsuit Over "Stronger"


(AllHipHop News) Hip-Hop star Kanye West was handed a victory in court on Monday (August 20) in a lawsuit over the rapper’s hit single “Stronger.”

Producer Vincent Peters sued Kanye West in June of 2010, claiming that the single, taken from West’s album Graduation, was actually his.

The lawsuit originally claimed that Vincent Peters played the song for John Monopoly at his Chicago home in November of 2006. 

He was shocked when he heard significant portions of his version were also incorporated into Kanye’s big hit.

But the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed the lawsuit, on the grounds that the both songs were derived from 19th century philosopher, Nietzsche .

“Although the fact that both songs quote from a 19th century German philosopher might, at first blush, seem to be an unusual coincidence, West correctly notes that the aphorism has been repeatedly invoked in song lyrics over the past century,” ruled Judge Diane Wood.

The judge also ruled that there wasn’t enough similarities between the two songs either.

“We are not persuaded that the similarities alleged by Vince P rise to the level of copyright infringement,” the ruling states.

Compare the lyrics to both hooks below:

Stronger – Vincent Peters – Hook – What don’t kill me make me stronger/The more I blow up the more you wronger/You copied my CD you can feel my hunger/The wait is over couldn’t wait no longer

Stronger – Kanye West – Hook – N-N-N-now th-th-that don’t kill me Can only make me stronger /I need you to hurry up now Cause I can’t wait much longer/ I know I got to be right now Cause I can’t get much wronger/Man I’ve been waitin’ all night now That’s how long I’ve been on ya.

  • need2morehands2give4thumbsdown

    thats clearly not the same hook cause Kanye said N-N-N-now th-th-that don’t kill him will make him gayer and the other lame said “what” dont kill him will make him gayer…duh

    • Negro Peligro

      I laughed.

  • West modified the lyrics, he didnt steal anything..

  • ppl make the same sounding music all the time…i came up with a chorus of a song like 6 years ago, then heard the Rapper Brisco doing almost the exact same chorus and rhythm…but i cant say that he stole it…cause 1 i just heard it like 2 weeks ago, and 2. i never recorded the song and only let 1 person hear the chorus while riding in the car one day…i say the West thing is just a coincident

  • This is not new! Rappers stay stealing from unsigned artists… So I wouldn’t be surprised if Kanye did steal it. That’s why I tell these dumb up and coming artists to copy write their music. And stop putting EVERY song you make on the internet for FREE!

  • johnny

    Ripped from Daft Punk!

    • Negro Peligro

      Right. He can’t copy something he didn’t make. Daft Punk made it. I don’t get it.

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  • Aaron Davis

    Even if u try to sing the melody in your head to the lyrics of Peters hook the way it’s sang in Kanye’s song, it dnt even sound right. That would be a terrible song if the same melody was used alongside Peters’ hook.

    • $18592567

      That dude hook sound ass. Most of the same words, but that shit ain’t wavy… Leave rap to the pros.

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  • Slaughtr

    JUST AS YOU HAVE ALL THESE SO CALLED GREAT PRODUCERS BUYING BEATS AND STAMPING THERE NAME ON SHIT THEY ALSO CONTRIBUTE TO STEALING AND SO THE FCK WHAT THE LYRICS DON’T MATCH YOU HAVEN’T HEARD HOW THAT MAN WOULD HAVE FLIPPED WHAT HE WROTE JUST BECAUSE YOUR READING LYRICS FLAT OUT DON’T MEAN YOUR SAYING THE SHYT RIGHT.MOST OF THESE FAKE ASS INDUSTRY CATS ARE FKCN THIEVES BECAUSE IT’S ABOUT THAT SALE.SO BECAUSE A JUDGE MADE THE RULING IT STICKS WELL IF THE GLOVES DIDN’T FIT THEY AQUITED BUT PEOPLE STILL THINK OJ KILLED HIS WIFE NICOLE.THESE DAYS NIGGAZ FEEL IT’S OK TO BITE RECITING VERSES AND CHANGING THEM UP IN HIP HOP YOU SUPPOSED TO GET YOU ASS WHOPPED FOR
    BITING SO IF THIS IS ACCEPTABLE TO YOU THEN IT EXPLAINS THE FURTHER DEATH OF AN ART FORM THAT HAS BEEN TRASHED.WE HAVE COME TO FAR FOR THE BS
    BY PRODUCERS,ARTIST,a&r,DIRECTORS OF MARKETING,ALL YOU CLOSELY DEFUNCT RECORD EXECS.JUDGES GET PAID OFF TOO AND THEY DO BE STAR STRUCK,STARS ARE IN THE SKY NOW ON GROUND LIKE YOU AND I

    • Pierre Elliott

      yo preach to these sheep

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