Legal threat magnet Kanye West is free from at least one lawsuit that alleges he stole copyrighted material. O Vultures 1 The rapper — accused last week of sampling Black Sabbath's “Iron Man” and Donna Summer's “I Feel Love” without permission from Ozzy Osbourne or Summer's estate — no longer faces allegations that he uploaded video of his infamous rant “Kimye” from Thanksgiving 2021 to Instagram without the consent of the volunteer who filmed it.
Cameraman Elijah Graham sued West in Los Angeles federal court last October. He recorded West taking the microphone at an event serving a holiday meal to homeless people on Los Angeles' Skid Row and lamenting the end of her marriage to Kim Kardashian. In the video that quickly went viral, West claimed that his divorce would be hindered by divine intervention. “The narrative that God wants is for you to see that everything can be redeemed,” he said, according to a part of the video shared by People.
In new documentation obtained by Rolling Stone, Graham's lawyers are asking for the lawsuit to be dismissed, meaning it cannot be filed again. The move comes shortly after a federal judge said the case was not being “diligently prosecuted” and was about to be halted. Attorneys for Graham and West did not immediately respond to requests for comment sent Monday.
In the initial lawsuit, Graham claimed that he recorded his video on November 24, 2021, in hopes of making money from it. He said West illegally embezzled all the profits when the video went viral on West's Instagram account.
“In all of these relationships, we make mistakes. I made mistakes. I publicly did things that were not acceptable as a husband. But now, today, for whatever reason – I didn't know I'd be here, I didn't know I'd be in front of this microphone – but I'm here to change that narrative. I won't let E! write my family’s narrative,” West said in the recording, referring to the network that originated Kardashian’s hit reality show.
“I am the priest of my house. I have to be there for my children as much as possible,” he said. “If the enemy succeeds in separating Kimye, millions of families will feel that this separation is acceptable. But when the kingdom, when God… unites Kimye, there will be millions of families who will be influenced to see that they can overcome the separation, the trauma that the devil has used to capitalize on to keep people in misery while people step over the homeless. -ceiling to go to the Gucci store.”
A year after his Thanksgiving visit, West reportedly sent his team back to Skid Row to hand out “White Lives Matter” t-shirts. It was that same month that West tweeted his plans to “die against the Jewish people.” He later apologized in an Instagram post written in Hebrew, but later again promoted anti-Semitic ideology, the sport a t-shirt for Norwegian metal musician Burzum, who was fined for anti-Semitism. He also promoted Vultures 1 with artwork that evoked the Burzum cover art.
Ozzy Osbourne and his wife Sharon Osbourne were in disbelief at Ye's apology when they took to social media on Friday to release his preview of “Iron Man” on Vultures 1 song “Carnival”. “Kanye West asked for permission to sample a section of a 1983 Us Festival live performance of 'Iron Man' without vocals and was refused permission because he is an anti-Semite and has caused untold heartache to many,” the singer wrote in capital letters. “He went ahead and used the sample anyway at the album listening party last night. I want no association with this man!”
Sharon, her husband's manager, responded later that day: “We are considering legal action,” she said in a statement. “Ozzy hasn’t spoken to Kanye, but our team has spoken to theirs.” When Vultures 1a collaborative album with Ty Dolla $ign, hit streaming platforms on Friday night, the unreleased sample was replaced.
Meanwhile, the estate of late disco diva Donna Summer took to Instagram on Saturday to accuse West of copyright infringement for his enduring hit “I Feel Love.” “Kanye West… asked for permission to use Donna Summer's song 'I Feel Love', he was denied… He changed the lyrics, had someone sing it again, or used AI, but it's 'I Feel Love'… copyright infringement !” O Instagram Story to read.
O Vultures 1 the song “Good (Don't Die)”, features a voice singing the unmistakable lyrics, “I'm alive, I'm alive, I'm alive, I'm alive, ohhhh”, with a similar melody and cadence to the original Summer. A West representative did not respond to Rolling Stonerequest for comment on property post.
In addition to his latest project, West was being sued in Los Angeles by your former accountant. That case was also dismissed by the plaintiff, according to a Jan. 2 filing.