Popular American rapper, Nicki Minaj has finally reacted to the lawsuit filed against her for copyright infringement.
Nicki had been sued last year by Chapman for copyright infringement, claiming that Nicki’s unreleased track “Sorry” which interjects Chapman’s 1988 track “Baby Can I Hold You” was used without her permission.
According to the Blasts, the rapper has filed her first response to the lawsuit in a California federal court and she denied committing copyright infringement.
Nicki claimed that her interjection is protected by the doctrine of fair use.
She further stated that Chapman “has not properly registered her claim to the copyright in the Composition [“Baby Can I Hold You”],” meaning that Chapman “is not the owner of the copyright in issue and therefore lacks standing to bring the claims alleged in the Complaint.” Nicki also argues that Chapman is not entitled to damages.
A report revealed that before “Sorry” was released, Nicki publicly asked Tracy Chapman to clear a sample shortly before the release of her album Queen.
Chapman had claimed that the rapper’s team made multiple requests to license “Baby Can I Hold You” and was denied.
Nicki while responding to this allegation “admits that her representatives made several requests for permission to release a musical interpolation that used music and lyrics from [“Baby Can I Hold You”].”