Kanye West and Donna Summer estate reach settlement over unauthorized sample

Iconic musicians Kanye West and Donna Summer's estates settle long-standing dispute
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In a recent legal development, Kanye West and the Estate of Donna Summer Sudano have resolved a lawsuit stemming from the unauthorized use of Summer’s iconic hit, “I Feel Love.” The dispute centered around West’s incorporation of the song into his album Vultures 1, without obtaining the necessary permissions. Let’s delve into the details of this settlement and its implications.


Donna Summer, known as the “Queen of Disco,” left a lasting legacy with her 1977 classic, “I Feel Love.”The estate, committed to protecting Summer’s work, alleged that West infringed on the copyright by interpolating the song in his track “Good (Don’t Die).”

The lawsuit

On February 27, 2024, the estate filed a lawsuit against Kanye West, claiming copyright infringement. The complaint asserted that West either re-recorded the track, used an AI-generated rendition, or directly sampled Summer’s vocals, all without proper authorization.

Settlement details

Negotiations between the parties persisted throughout April and May 2024.On May 13, 2024, a global settlement was reached, although locating Ty Dolla $ign (also involved in the dispute) for legal service posed challenges.The terms of the settlement remain confidential, but both parties anticipate finalizing and executing the written agreement soon

The settlement brings an end to a legal battle that garnered significant public and media attention.Donna Summer’s estate remains steadfast in protecting her musical legacy.Once executed, the settlement will result in the dismissal of the legal action.

In the clash between artistic expression and copyright protection, this settlement underscores the importance of respecting intellectual property rights. As fans of both Kanye West and Donna Summer await further details, the resolution serves as a reminder that even in the world of music, legal harmony can prevail.

Remember, music is a universal language, and its creators deserve recognition and respect. Let’s celebrate their contributions while ensuring fair compensation and adherence to copyright laws.