The Hip-Hop Mogul Trapped By EMI Contract

Kanye West
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Kanye West has been in the news for all the wrong reasons for the past two years. At the end of January, it was reported that West was suing Roc-A-Fella Records.

As stated previously, Kanye West is suing Roc-A-Fella Records and EMI. Over time certain clauses of the Chicago artists’ contract have leaked and details suggest that the native Chicago artists is trapped. As reported by The Hollywood Reporter, West’s contract states, “At no time during the Term will you seek to retire as a songwriter, recording artist or producer or take any extended hiatus during which you are not actively pursuing Your musical career in the same basic manner as You have pursued such career to date.” To put this in simpler terms, West is contractually forbidden to retire in his lifetime.

In response to this contract, West’s legal representation has cited California Labor Code section 2855, which limits personal service contracts in the state for more than seven years. West’s legal representation argues, “It matters only whether the services began more than seven years ago. There can be no dispute that this happened here. The seven-year period ended under this contract on October 1, 2010. For more than eight years thereafter — more than double the maximum seven-year period California law allows.”

This is far from the end of this legal dispute, but this will inevitably become expensive for all parties involved.

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Ananth Para
paramana@mcmaster.ca

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