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Kanye West Wins in ‘Stronger’ Copyright Infringement Suit

Francois G. Durand, WireImage

Four years after he released the single ‘Stronger’ off his third album ‘Graduation,’ Kanye West has triumphed in the track’s legal hang-up. After getting sued by a Virginia man named Vincent Peters for jacking his original tune, the Chicago rapper walked away scot free from the case, with an Illinois judge dismissing the suit filed last year.

Late last week, Judge Virginia Kendall tossed the suit, claiming that the songs in question were not noticeably similar. Peters, who goes by his rap alias Vince P., originally filed a federal copyright infringement suit against ‘Ye in June 2010, claiming that he wrote some of the lyrics to the smash hit, alleging that the Grammy-winning track ‘copies significant and important parts of Peters’ lyrics identically or almost identically’ from his 2006 song.

Peters claims to have passed off a demo of his original tune to Kanye’s manager John Monopoly in an attempt to earn credit as executive producer on the album. Peters released the single seven months after the deal fell through, angered after he noticed ‘Stronger’ stole bits of his song including the phrases “that which does not kill me makes me stronger,” “can’t wait much longer” and the word “wronger.”

Vince P. originally demanded an unspecified amount in damages and for the label to cease distribution and performance of the song, as well as destroy any copies of the single. The verdict comes after Kanye settled his legal battle with Suge Knight out of court last week.


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