Kanye West and Pusha T are being sued over their use of George Jackson‘s “I Can’t Do Without You” on DAYTONA standout “Come Back Baby.” Billboard obtained legal docs from the Circuit Court of Colbert County in Alabama stating that FAME Enterprises Inc., which claims to own the recording, filed a lawsuit on May 24.
In addition to Ye and Push, Def Jam Recordings, Universal Music Group, and G.O.O.D. Music are also named as defendants in the suit. FAME alleges that since the song was created prior to 1972 Copyright Act, it should live outside of its jurisdiction.
The docs claim that the unauthorized use of the George Jackson sample on the chorus makes up for 35 percent of “Come Back Baby.” FAME says it would have never given the G.O.O.D. Music duo permission to use the recording since the 2018 track is “about drug addiction and the money made from selling drugs.”
FAME is requesting the “disgorgement of profits, compensatory, consequential, incidental, and punitive damages in an amount to be determined by the trier of fact in this case, plus statutory fines, costs, interest and expenses.”
Billboard has reached out to West’s reps for comment.