Legal Expert Says Nicki Minaj Should Just Settle Copyright Infringement Lawsuit
By: Amanda Anderson-Niles
Nicki Minaj may be the leading lady of the female rap game as of now, but it has not been a smooth ride for the female emcee in the least bit. With the kind of massive success that comes with being a star in the music industry, it’s probably expected that the rapper would end up dealing with legal troubles as many music artists do these days. As we recently reported, Nicki was just slapped with a copyright infringement lawsuit. A Chicago artist by the name of Clive Tanaka is claiming Nicki and her collaborators ripped off his song “Neu Chicago” to make her hit song “Starships.”
While there are many who claim they don’t hear similarities in the song enough to warrant the lawsuit, those in the legal field claim that Nicki could stand to lose a lot of money and time if she decided to take the battle to court. In fact, a legal expert tells SOHH that she’d be better off settling the case outside of court and just forking over some cash to move on from the lawsuit. Kent Zimmermann says:
“Minaj has a decision to make, which is whether to fight this claim or settle it. Fighting will take time and money. If she fights, it could very well be a protracted legal battle. Some defendants in her shoes would settle to avoid the nuisance and cost of having to defend the case. If the plaintiff pursues this all the way to trial, which is possible, it could take years of pre-trial discovery, including depositions of Minaj and others. If [plaintiff Clive] Tanaka can prove his case, he stands to win significant money damages, partially because of the commercial success of the song at issue.”
Nicki’s camp still has not released a statement on the lawsuit as of yet.