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    Kanye West Slapped With Copyright Suit Over His Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy Samples

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    Forget the Throne. Kanye West is on the legal hot seat.

    The "Gold Digger" rapper is on the receiving end of a copyright infringement suit filed by a New York label that's accused him of swiping snippets of their 1969 tune "Hook and Sling, Part 1," by New Orleans singer-pianist Eddie Bo, used in two tracks off West's 2010 multiplatinum-selling album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.

    In the lawsuit filed in federal court in Manhattan, a copy of which was obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, TufAmerica claims the hitmaker's label, Roc-A-Fella, and parent Universal Music Group paid a license fee of $62,500 for the right to sample "Hook and Sling" for West's songs "Who Will Survive in America?" and "Lost in the World."

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    However, the company alleges that the parties "failed and refused to enter into written license agreements that accounted for their multiple other uses of [the song]."

    Court documents claim bits of "Hook and Sling" popping up in the "Lost in the World" video and a short film Kanye made based on his single "Runaway."

    In its complaint, TufAmerica is seeking unspecified damages for the infringements.

    Lawyers for West have yet to comment.

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