Kanye West Accused of Unauthorized Use of Donna Summer's 'I Feel Love'

Music Industry Faces New Copyright Infringement Controversy.

by Nouman Rasool
Kanye West Accused of Unauthorized Use of Donna Summer's 'I Feel Love'
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In the latest development that has sent shockwaves across the music world, the estate of the late, great Donna Summer has made a stinging allegation against Kanye West. The claim? The publication said that West violated copyright since the musician used the well-known track "I Feel Love" by Summer in its latest joint work with Ty Dolla $ign "Vultures 1" without the need to get necessary permission.

The dispute came to light when an Instagram Story was posted from the official Donna Summer account. The message is direct and to the point: "Kanye West asked to use Donna Summer's song 'I Feel Love' and he was refused. He changed the words, had someone re-sing it or used AI but it's 'I Feel Love'

copyright infringement!" Well, that is a direct claim to say that even if the song rights were not approved to him, he still went ahead to use a version of it with lyrics and vocals changed.

Controversial Song Dispute

One specific song from "Vultures 1," titled "Good (Don’t Die)," is in contention.

This song features the line "Oh, I’m alive, I’m alive, I’m alive, I’m alive, oh," sung in a melody and rhythm motif that shockingly corresponds with "I Feel Love," suggesting that this may be the basis of complaint from the estate.

A representative for Kanye West didn't offer a statement when contacted immediately, so the situation is uncertain. This adds to the intrigue, the Instagram post tagged a number of entities including Kanye West, Ty Dolla $ign, Warner Chappjson Music, Universal Music Group, and Sharon Osbourne.

This clearly looks like a problem that may have to be dealt with across desks from parties within the music industry. The matter has shades of a similar incident involving Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne. The couple claim that West sought to sample part of the 1983 live performance of "Iron Man" from the Us Festival.

After being turned down over West's controversial statements, West is reported to have used the sample nonetheless. Sharon Osbourne, the manager of Ozzy and his wife, said their firm did not give permission and hinted at possible legal action.

Amid these accusations, he was even holding a listening party in Chicago for "Vultures 1," where he eventually replaced "Carnival" with a track that had no reference to Osbourne. Amid the whirlwind of controversy and potential legal battles, the album premiered on digital services late Friday.

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