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George Clinton settles out of court with Black Eyed Peas

By | Published on Tuesday 22 May 2012

The Black Eyed Peas

George Clinton has reached an out of court settlement with The Black Eyed Peas over the use of a sample in one of the group’s remixes.

As previously reported, Clinton sued BEP in December 2010, claiming a remix of their 2003 hit ‘Shut Up’ sampled his band Funkadelic’s classic hit ‘(Not Just) Knee Deep’ without his permission.

When the case reached court earlier this month the Peas claimed that they believed (albeit incorrectly) that they had licensed the sample. The judge in the case then lowered the threshold for any damages Clinton could claim. This seemingly prompted the settlement.

Neither side has commented as yet, but the mediator in negotiations told Reuters that the settlement had “fully” resolved the matter.


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