Nicki Minaj will be paying Tracy Chapman to settle her copyright infringement claims over “Sorry,” a derivative of the song “Baby Can I Hold You.”
Minaj is expected to pay a sum of $450,000 as the penalty for taking another person’s work without permission.
She made the offer to Chapman so as to avoid prosecution on the illegality which was accepted by Chapman.
The Hollywood Reporter wrote: “On Thursday, documents became public in California federal court reflecting the fact that Chapman had accepted Minaj’s offer of judgment. As a result, the two will not proceed to a trial later this year. By accepting Minaj’s offer, Chapman not only scores a win in the case and $450,000, the esteemed singer also avoids being responsible for costs had a jury eventually decided her claims weren’t worth that amount“.
Chapman had filed the case in October, 2018 but the hearing came up months after Minaj had released her album, “Queen”.
The single “Sorry”, a collaboration she did with Nas, not in the Queen album but was actually leaked by a popular radio DJ, Funkmaster Flex.
According to report, Minaj and her representatives had earlier approached Chapman for the usage of the content which Chapman rejected.
On summary judgment, U.S. District Court Judge Virginia Phillips came to the interesting conclusion that Minaj had a fair use right to use the song in the studio to enable musical experimentation — “A ruling uprooting these common practices would limit creativity and stifle innovation within the music industry” — while setting up a trial to explore the facts and responsibility for the leak and ultimate distribution of the song. Minaj may have had some hopes of ultimate prevailing, though there was still significant evidence against her – The Hollywood Reporter reported
Finally, both sides have now agreed to settle with $450,000 as a reasonable amount for compensation.