Jay Z has agreed to pay half of his Royalties from the song Versus of his Holy Grail album to swiss Jazz Musician Bruno Spoerri after using his music without consent. Jay at first denied that he did it, copying instrumental ‘Lilith — on the way’ in his 2013 song ‘Versus’. But he has now agreed to pay 50 per cent of the royalties to the Swiss pianist and saxophonist, following an 18-month legal wrangle.
The American musician and record producer only admitted using the music without attribution a few months ago, according to reports.
Speaking last year, the veteran jazz musician said legal proceedings could have been avoided with a phone call.
‘In a way I’m flattered that a relatively young rapper takes a sample from an old man, a sample that is about 35 years old,’ he told swissinfo.ch.
‘On the other hand I’m furious because it would have been so simple to clear the sample. All it would have needed was a call or an email to the company and I think it would have been relatively cheap.’
I hope he paid this man’s legal bill too. He spent 18 months denying he stole it then eventually admitted he did. He wasted this man’s time & money.