Chance the Rapper was sued Tuesday, September 12, 2017, for alleged copyright infringement over his song “Windows” from his debut mixtape “10 Day,” released in 2012.
The plaintiff, a New-York based jazz musician and composer named Abdul Wali Muhammad (formerly Eric P. Saunders) claims the song contains portions of the Lonnie Liston Smith song “Bridge Through Time,” which Muhammad filed a separate copyright claim for in 1979, a year before it was released, reports Billboard.
Muhammad says he never gave Chance permission to use the sample and is seeking damages for the infringement. In his eight-page complaint, he also requests a court order from a federal judge to stop Chance from “copying, distributing, performing, selling or offering to sell Chance’s song ‘Windows.’”
Muhammad, currently a criminal and civil rights lawyer, says he first became aware of “Windows” in April 2017 and reached out to Chance’s management in May to request a cease of infringement but never got a response.
It is clear that Chance’s song contains samples from a remix of “Bridge Through Time” by Apollo Brown, who is a credited producer on Chance’s song, but Muhammad’s ownership of the material remains unclear, notes Billboard.
Listen to “Windows” and the two versions of “Bride Through Time” from Lonnie Liston Smith and Apollo Brown below:
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