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Wednesday, 13 September 2017 11:20

Chance the Rapper Hit With Lawsuit Over Sample Clearance Issue for '10 Day' Mixtape

Written by  Complex

Chance the Rapper is the subject of a new lawsuit from jazz musician Abdul Wali Muhammad, who claims a song from Chance's 10 Day mixtape was used without his permission.

According to the Chicago Tribune, the song in question is "Windows," which samples a song from Lonnie Liston Smith, "Bridge Through Time.

" The lawsuit suggests that Muhammad's lawyer reached out to Chance's legal team this past May to talk about copyright infringement. Chance's response was reportedly less than adequate.

"Chance failed and refused to take any action to halt access to the infringing song," reads the lawsuit.

When you listen to "Bridge Through Time," you can hear "Windows" samples Smith's song, which has become a fairly popular song to flip for producers. The song has been sampled by UGK ("Candy"), Tha Dogg Pound ("Big Pimpin"), Big K.R.I.T. ("Down and Out"), Jay Z ("Understand Me"), and a brief list of other hip-hop songs throughout the last few decades.

The question facing Chance and Muhammad will be whether there's a legal leg to stand on to pursue action. Since 10 Day was released as a free project—initially handed out to friends and passersby on the streets of Chicago—Chance has never sought to profit off the mixtape, and has even actively avoided doing so in the past.

Read more at Complex

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