Kanye West & Kid Cudi Respond To 'Kids See Ghost' Copyright Infringement Lawsuit

Are the rappers protected by the First Amendment?

(AllHipHop News) The one-year anniversary of Kanye West and Scot "Kid Cudi" Mescudi's Kids See Ghost collaborative album is just days away. With that commemoration approaching, the duo is answering a legal complaint over a song on the project.

Guyana-born actor Ronald Oslin Bobb-Semple sued West, Mescudi, Tyrone "Ty Dolla Sign" Griffin Jr., Def Jam Recordings, and Universal Music Group for unauthorized use of his 2002 vocal recording “The Spirit of Marcus Garvey (Garvey speaks to an all-Black audience)." The Kids See Ghost track "Freeee (Ghost Town, Pt. 2)" samples Bobb-Semple's work.

According to Billboard, Kanye and Cudi filed a legal response to Bobb-Semple's lawsuit. They are claiming "The Spirit of Marcus Garvey" sample on "Freeee (Ghost Town, Pt. 2)" falls under fair use.

The documents - filed in U.S. District Court in California - also insist Bobb-Semple failed to prove the defendants' actions were not “innocent and non-willful." Additionally, the G.O.O.D. Music affiliates apparently believe Bobb-Semple's complaint is “barred by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution" and he is attempting to misuse the copyright.

Ronald Oslin Bobb-Semple is seeking unspecified damages and an injunction to stop the performers, producers, engineers, and record labels from profiting off of "Freeee (Ghost Town, Pt. 2)." In 2018, Kids See Ghosts opened at #2 on the Billboard 200 chart with 142,000 units.