Kanye West and Ty Dolla Sign Sued For 'Unauthorized Interpolation' By Donna Summer's Estate

The lawsuit claims that the two artists used Summers "I Feel Love" without permission on their track "Good (Don't Die)" from their album “Vultures 1.”

Kanye West and Ty Dolla $ign are being sued by the estate of Donna Summer because of an “unauthorized interpolation” of one of her songs that they used on their joint album, PEOPLE reports.

On Tuesday (Feb.27), the estate filed a copyright infringement lawsuit in California federal court claiming that the two artists used Summers "I Feel Love" without permission on their track "Good (Don't Die)" from their collaborative project “Vultures 1.”

Bruce Sudano, Summer’s husband, is listed as the lead plaintiff in the suit that alleges that West and Ty used the song although "permission was explicitly denied.”

“Despite this denial, Defendants shamelessly used instantly recognizable portions of Summer’s hit song," the court record read.

The filing stated that in late January, "Alien Music" asked for permission to use excerpts from "I Feel Love" on West's behalf. The entity asked "for an expedited review" because the final song was set for release on Feb. 9. According to the filing, the request seemingly indicated that West and TY had "already completed and readied their song for release without obtaining permission or even notifying the Summer Estate of their use."

The suit also claims West and Ty "arrogantly and unilaterally decided they would simply steal" the song. The estate denied the request because they "wanted no association with West's controversial history."

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The estate is seeking $150,000 in damages for each act of infringement.

Attorneys representing Summer’s estate noted the lawsuit highlights the importance of an artist's “right to how their work is represented and prevented from being stolen.” Also, the lawyers are committed to, “protecting Donna Summer’s own musical legacy and one of popular music's most influential and ground-breaking songs."

When the song was released in conjunction with the album on Feb. 10, Sudano took to X (formerly Twitter) to share his disapproval of the track.

@kanyewest asked permission to use Donna Summer’s song I Feel Love, he was denied… he changed the words, had someone re-sing it or used AI but it’s I Feel Love… copyright infringement!!,” his post read.

Donna Summer’s estate is not the only one claiming that West sampled music without permission. Heavy metal legend Ozzy Osbourne claimed that West used a sample of “War of Pigs.” a Black Sabbath song without permission. Osbourne said he denied the request “because he (West) is an antisemite and has caused untold heartache to many.” 

Despite all of the legal battles, “Vultures” had proven to be a runaway success. The highly-anticipated LP  landed at the number one spot on the US Billboard 200 two consecutive weeks after its initial release.

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