Chance the Rapper Sued for Copyright Infringement

13Sep - by EvelynSutherland21

Chance the Rapper was sued Tuesday (Sept. 12) for alleged copyright infringement over his song “Windows” f his debut mixtape 10 Day that came out in 2012.

The plaintiff, a New-York based jazz musician and composer named Abdul Wali Muhammad (formerly Eric P. Saunders) claims the song contains portions the Lonnie Liston Smith song “Bridge Through Time,” which Muhammad filed a separate copyright claim for in 1979, a year before it was released. 

Muhammad claims that he never granted Chance the permission to use the sample, and is seeking damages for the infringement. In his eight-page complaint, he also requests a court order from a federal judge to stop Chance from “copying, distributing, performing, selling or fering to sell Chance’s song ‘Windows.'”

Muhummad, who now works as a criminal and civil rights lawyer, says that he first became aware “Windows” in April 2017 and reached out to Chance's management in May to request a cease infringement but did not receive a response. 

It is clear that Chance's song contains samples from a remix “Bridge Through Time” by Apollo Brown, who is a credited producer on Chance's song, but Muhammad's ownership the material remains unclear.