Nicki Minaj , The findings are all out. Against Tracy, Nicki Minaj won. In his ruling, the judge said he has not found Minhaj guilty of any copyright violation so far. The investigation has finally proven that the song is unique. The whole battle was for the song Nicki created, based on the song “Baby Can I Hold You” by Tracy Chapman.
It all began two years ago
On August 10, 2018, Nicky Minhaj released an album named “Queen”. But something was lacking from the album. She later released a debut song sorry along with the Famous radio podcaster Funkmaster Flex. But later Nicky was sued by Tracy for infringing her work. Consequently, both sides filed the papers on the issue to court. When “Sorry” was selected for Queen’s inclusion, Minaj and her reps sought a licence to compose Chapman. It is said that one of the clearance specialists put on the assignment knew that Chapman was on the “do not sample list”—an unwritten list of artists famous for not allowing samples of their works. A replication of the unreleased track made its way to DJ Flex, a radio DJ from New York who played it on the air. Chapman accused Minaj of offering the song to DJ Flex but both denied it came from Minaj or her professional advisers. Later aired portions of the song on “The Breakfast Club,” and the track became widely available online.
The tensions after that heated up and things were messed up on both sides on the single malt scale.
Nicki Minaj: The ruling says all of it
U.S. district judge Virginia A. Phillips ruled that Minaj’s experimentation with Chapman‘s song is “fair use” and is not a breach of copyright protection. The verdict protects the practice of the industry of launching a unique song based on existing material and then seeking a new licence from the original artist without first releasing it.
However, there still is a dispute as to whether Minaj infringed on Chapman‘s song by sending DJ Flex “Sorry.”
Chapman‘s lawyers asked the judge to find that the distribution involves an infringement of copyright
as a matter of law, but the judge ruled that the dispute could go to a jury.