Judge Orders Nicki Minaj And Tracy Chapman To Privately Mediate Copyright Case

June 21, 2019  |  

Nicki Minaj and Tracy Chapman

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If you thought the ongoing copyright issue between artists Nicki Minaj and Tracy Chapman was just going to dissolve, you thought wrong. According to Bossip, Chapman was serious and sensitive about her sh*t and she didn’t want it attached to Minaj’s work.

Thankfully, she’s willing to negotiate outside of court. California Federal Court judge ordered that the two undergo private arbitration in the case. You’ll recall that Minaj requested that Chapman requested a sampling clearance of her song “Baby Can I Hold You” for her song “Sorry.”

Chapman declined the request over and over again. Minaj didn’t include the song on her album Queen but she did give it to Funkmaster Flex. And when he played it on air, Chapman had had enough. She sued Minaj.

In response, Minaj said Chapman didn’t own copyright for the song and said her use of the song was legal under the “Fair Use” law.

Court papers state that the judge gave Chapman and Minaj until the end of the summer to resolve the issue. If they can’t make a deal, they’ll have to head to trial in February of 2020.

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