Kanye West is being sued for allegedly copying the ending of his song New Slaves, from his album Yeezus, from a big-shot Hungarian composer. According to TMZ, Gábor Presser gave West permission to use part of his song Gyöngyhajú Lány before it was released in 2013, but only if a formal licence agreement had been worked out.
The 38-year-old rapper gave Presser $10,000 (£6,892) in advance and then went on to release the song New Slaves. However, Presser – one of eastern Europe's most popular pop-rock artists, and a film and theatre composer – did not cash the cheque and is now asking for more money, and has taken the matter to the Southern District Court of New York on Friday. According to TMZ, the court case could cost Yeezy $2.5m (£1.72m).
In a filing with the court, Presser claims Kanye "knowingly and intentionally misappropriated" his song, which he describes as "one of the most beloved pop songs ever in Hungary and across Eastern Europe".
This is not the only legal trouble Kanye has got himself into over his must. Kanye and the streaming service Tidal are being sued over claims that West made on social media that his album The Life of Pablo would only be available through Jay Z's music service.
He tweeted: "My album will never never never be on Apple. And it will never be for sale… You can only get it on Tidal."
By March, Tidal's exclusive hold on The Life of Pablo ended, and the album was made available on Apple and Spotify. AP reports that one Kanye fan, Justin Baker-Rhett, is suing the musician and Tidal, accusing them of bamboozling people into signing up for the service by falsely promising the album's exclusivity.
Baker-Rhett's attorney issued a statement, "We fully support the right of artists to express themselves freely and creatively, however creative freedom is not a license to mislead the public.
"We believe that we will be able to prove to a jury that Mr West and Tidal tricked millions of people into subscribing to their services and that they will ultimately be held accountable for what they did."