Tracy Chapman files litigation against Nicki Minaj for Copyright Infringement
Nicki Minaj has been caught sampling without permission. Tracy Chapman has denied different requests to have her one of her songs sampled by the female hip-hop artists.
Minaj's unreleased track "Sorry" takes lyrics and vocal melody from Chapman's 1988 hit "Baby Can I Hold You," and would not have been an issue had it stayed unreleased. Yet, the lawsuit accuses the artist of the recently released album Queen, to have given a known New York DJ a copy. They then played the track on a radio station and posted on social media accounts, making it released.
This just goes to show that no matter how far up the ladder you go you must cover all your bases. The law says that if you sample someone's art you must give that person credit, if that person, or label, clears the sample or feature or track. So, if you pay for a feature or a sample make sure that the label clears it before you release it.