The infamous Vogue Magazine cover has struck yet again. Now, Kanye West and Kim Kardashian are at the forefront of a lawsuit filed against the prestigious world fashion and lifestyle magazine.
According to Fox News, Ricky Spicer filed the suit over background music that was featured in the behind-the-scenes photo-shoot segment for the highly publicized April issue cover.
For those who don’t know, Spicer, a former child star, was a lead singer for the 70s funk and soul group The Ponderosa Twins Plus One. The Yeezus rapper’s hit song “Bound 2,” which was featured as the background music in the video, actually features samples of Spicer’s voice. Spicer purported that magazine’s publisher, Condé Nast Entertainment, did not seek his permission to use music. On Thursday, Apr. 17, suit was officially filed in the Manhattan Supreme Court in New York.
The court document reads, “Mr. Spicer’s voice is used substantially throughout the video, comprising approximately 44 (per cent) of the vocals.”
The exclusive footage was posted to the magazine’s website. The video entitled, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s Behind-the-Scenes Video From Their April Cover Shoot, chronicles the publication’s experiences with West, the Keeping Up with the Kardashians’ star, and their daughter, North, behind the scenes with famed portrait photographer, Annie Leibovitz.
In light of the controversy surrounding the highly criticized cover, the video, which was uploaded on Mar. 31, 2014, has since gone viral. It has received more than 19,000 Facebook likes and shares, and over 3,000 re-tweets on Twitter.
This lawsuit comes just four months after Spicer’s initial filing against the New Slaves rapper. Spicer claims West never obtained rights to sample the original “Bound” song recorded by The Ponderosa Twins Plus One. If West never even received clearance to record “Bound 2,” Spicer’s lawsuit could possibly stand in court.
Vogue has not yet issued a response in reference to this matter.
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