The legal dispute between Kanye West and EMI may again become live thanks to a failure to finalize the terms of a settlement agreement. On Monday (Dec. 23), the music publisher asked a federal judge in New York to re-open a case.
West began the year by seeking his contractual freedom by turning to California's statute limiting personal services contracts to no more than seven years. The hip-hop star alleges that when his 2003 deal is combined with extensions, that adds up to a lack of freedom and is void under a law that was once famously used by Olivia de Havilland to escape a deal with Warner Bros. and has since been exploited by other musicians to renegotiate their own contracts.
The lawsuit from West raised eyebrows, particularly a provision of his contract that forbid retirement.