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September 30th, 2012 9:34pm EDT

Kanye West

Kanye West is facing legal action from record label bosses who allege the rapper has used music samples on his 2010 album "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" without proper permission.

Executives at the TufAmerica label claim West sampled parts of a song called "Hook and Sling, Part 1" by pianist Eddie Bo in his tracks "Who Will Survive In America?" and "Lost in the World," as well as the video for "Runaway."

They filed a lawsuit at Manhattan Federal Court in New York claiming bosses at West's Roc-A-Fella label and its parent company Universal Music Group paid a license fee to use a portion of the track, but failed to settle the necessary agreements for other uses of the sample.

TufAmerica executives are seeking damages for copyright infringement, according to Billboard.com.


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