EXCLUSIVE: Label Owner Compares Religious Kanye West And Pusha T To Thieves!
(AllHipHop News) Kanye West may be glowing in his new Christian faith, but he needs a lesson in the 10 commandments.
So says the owners of a legendary record label suing Kanye and Pusha T for blatantly stealing one of their songs without permission.
Fame Enterprises alleges the pair sampled large portions of a song called “I Can’t Do Without You” by George Jackson.
The problem is, they never bothered to ask for permission from Fame, which is a storied R&B imprint based in Alabama.
During the 60s and 70s, artists like Aretha Franklin, The Rolling Stones, Otis Redding, and many other famous artists passed through Fame's legendary studio.
In the latest round of legal filings, attorney Rick Hall says Kanye and Pusha T's actions were equivalent to an armed robbery.
"It is no different than if Defendants came into Plaintiff’s studio in Alabama and stole Plaintiff’s equipment," Fame's lawyer Rick Hall said in a new filing.
In October, Kanye and Pusha's lawyers attempted to move the case from being heard in an Alabama Court, arguing: "To establish general jurisdiction, Defendants’ affiliations with Alabama must be “so continuous and systematic as to render [them] essentially at home” in Alabama.
Fame's lawyer sees things differently and wants the case to be tried in Alabama, where the company conducts business, and where the original recording of “I Can’t Do Without You” was created.
"They wrongfully stole the Plaintiff’s intellectual property that was created and located in Alabama and owned by an Alabama resident," Fame's lawyer Rick Hall argued. "They then used that property to create a product that was sold to others for a profit across the country, including in Alabama."