Vogue Sued for Unlawful Use of Music During Kardashian Cover Photo Shoot
The April issue of Vogue, featuring celeb couple Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, is expected to sell roughly 400,000 copies all the while dampening the spirits of Vogues Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour who may now be regretting her decision to feature the power duo. Vogue is now being sued by Rickey Spicer, once a 12-year-old Michael Jackson wanna-be and lead vocalist for the 1970s group The Ponderosa Twins Plus One. Spicer has filed a lawsuit against the fashion and lifestyle magazine claiming rapper Kanye West stole one of his tracks for his 2013 album Yeezus, which also happened to be featured in the photo shoots behind-the-scenes video.
Spicer, 56, filed suit in the Manhattan Supreme Court last December upon discovering West unlawfully used a sample of his voice from his seventies hit “Bound” that West then used throughout his track “Bound 2” on the Yeezus album released June of 2013. Most recently, Spicer has again filed a civil suit in Manhattan against the defendant, Vogue publisher Condé Nast, asserting the magazine consciously used Spicer’s audio recording for their behind-the-scenes video without his consent. The plaintiff is requesting unspecified compensation.
While it was rumored that West aggressively persuaded Wintour to feature his fiancé on the April Vogue cover, Wintour claims in her Editor’s Letter, “You may have read that Kanye begged me to put his fiancé on Vogue’s cover. He did nothing of the sort. The gossip might make better reading, but the simple fact of the matter is that it isn’t true.”
Another Vogue representative has yet to comment on the lawsuit.
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