Kanye West and Evil Knievel Bring Copyright Dispute to Mediator

kanye-west1.jpgKanye West and world famous daredevil, Evil Knievel, will attempt to settle a legal dispute over the use of Knievel’s image in Kanye’s video for “Touch The Sky.” According to the Associated Press, the two parties notified a federal judge on Tuesday (July 11) that they will bring the dispute before a mediator in order to avoid a trial. In Kanye’s video he assumes the persona of “Evil Kanyevel” and, while wearing a costume similar to the one worn by the legendary stuntman, attempts to jump a canyon on a motorcycle. Knievel saw the video as infringement on his trademarked name and likeness and said that the “vulgar and offensive” images in the video might damage his reputation. He then filed suit against ‘Ye, Roc-A-Fella Records and AOL for distributing the clip. Attorneys for Kanye have argued that the video was a form of satire, which is protected under the First Amendment.

  • triple lll

    first. kanyes a beast. he doesnt need shyt cases like this.

  • havoc

    you don’t fuck with ‘ye, he the new premo!! just prove me wrong people, PROVE ME WRONG!!!!!

  • XTC

    go kanye!!

  • Will The Thrill

    Evil Kneivel needs to calm his ass down!

  • http://www.haterfree.com 360 bars

    ye is a best i jus hope his ego dosent put to many more blimishes on his career like dissing the magazine kuz u aint get the cover or running on stage and demanding an award that has already ben givin out

  • all city unseen

    premmo made a new style of making beats like marly . kanye never did that . premo had group home sounding hot off a whole album kanye didnt do that with rhyme fest . yall are smoking you cant put them in the same sentence. kanye is like a new rza

  • all city unseen

    to get in the detail b4 they came out with sample cds and all that other stuff . premo took sample notes(.5sec) and made his on beats so when you listen to the original record people said how did premo do that when kanye sample he took loops . dont get me wrong kanye is nice at what he does put premos does whole records….2 m.o.p. ja ru, group home , and gangstar , credits are crazy he has produced 5 x as many records as kanye sample free . how is the even on the same plain i dont get it please tell me . jay-z made his producers his producers didnt make him

  • http://LOLLOL.COM LOL

    HOW WAS THAT VIDEO VULGAR AND OFFENSIVE?

  • Patkilpat

    First off, what happened to “fair use” and satire? How is this even an issue! If SNL did a “EK” parody they would use his REAL NAME and likeness. c’mon!

    Second Kanye didn’t produce the whole Rhymefest album only like two songs. Compare Group Home’s album to “BE” thats closer, he did all but two tracks and yes it was f’n dope. (RIP Dilla.)
    Premo’s sampling is way more skillful, but don’t diss crate diggers and loopers, everyone loops. man. Dilla Dilla Dilla.

  • http://www.icebergjamz.com THE DON

    HEY IF I WAS EVEL KENEVEL AND WAS BROKE LIKE HIM I WOULD TRY TO SUE TOO. NO REASON BUT TO GET SOME MONEY!! BROKE ASS MOBIL HOME STUNT GRANDPA!

  • nusouthent

    i thought evil kinevil was dead.

  • READY1

    it’s all about the settlement cake. even if his claim is bullshit, it’s still cheaper to settle than to litigate. taking a deposition can cost up to $5k, not to mention motion practice $$. most of the time, people that even have a good claim can’t pursue it because it will cost more than what the anticipated judgment.

  • monique

    kanye put that old nigga back on. kids diddnt even know who he was until that video

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  • tj

    kanye is a beast

  • Base

    this lawsuit is false. this dude is trying to get some paper. i’m not mad at that but this lawsuit is bullshit

  • THRO UP UR SET

    FUCK EVIL KNIEVEL THAT OLD FUCKER SHOULD JUST BE HAPPY TO GET SOME MOTHERFUCKIN ATTENTION