Jay Z and Bruno Spoerri Split Royalties of ‘Versus’ 50-50 for Unlicensed Sample; Nothing on ‘Blurred Lines’ Penalty

Jay Z and Bruno Spoerri Split Royalties of ‘Versus’ 50-50 for Unlicensed Sample; Nothing on ‘Blurred Lines’ Penalty

Rapper Shawn ''Jay-Z'' Carter attends 'The Great Gatsby' world premiere at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York May 1, 2013 (Credit: Reuters/Andrew Kelly)
Rapper Shawn ”Jay-Z” Carter attends ‘The Great Gatsby’ world premiere at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York May 1, 2013 (Credit: Reuters/Andrew Kelly)

Ryan Book, THE MUSIC TIMES

 
(MusicTimes.com)—Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams were certainly responsibly for the biggest copyright infraction decision of the last week, which allowed Jay Z to get away relatively headline-free for his settlement with jazz performer Bruno Spoerri over the track “Versus” from Magna Carta…Holy Grail.

The saxophone player, best known among jazz fans for his experimentation with electric saxophone during the ’70s, accused the rapper of borrowing from Spoerri’s track “On The Way” without clearing the sample.

Spoerri, while somewhat charmed to appear on one of Hov’s record, was frustrated that there wasn’t an attempt made to use the sample responsibly.

 

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