Kanye West, Method Man, Redman, Common Being Sued

Yesterday Kanye West, Method Man, Redman, and Common and their record companies were sued by late jazz musician Joe Farrell's daughter, who accused them of using her father's music without asking for permission.

The lawsuit, filed by Kathleen Firrantello in the U.S. District Court in New York, names the rappers along with various labels owned by Universal Music Group.

The lawsuit said all the rappers used portions of Farrell's 1974 musical composition "Upon This Rock" in three separate songs -- West in "Gone," Common in "Chi-City" and Method Man and Redman in their song "Run 4 Cover."

Firrantello is seeking punitive damages of at least $1 million and asked that no further copies of the songs be made, sold or performed, according to the lawsuit. [Via Reuters]

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