NEW YORK (Reuters) – EMI on Thursday countersued Kanye West to enforce a 2003 publishing agreement that the rapper and entrepreneur considers unfair and wants declared void.
The complaint was filed in Manhattan federal court six days after an unredacted version of West’s own lawsuit in California was made public.
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West accused EMI of trying to bind him to a potential lifetime of “servitude” under a lopsided contract that he said became unenforceable on Oct. 1, 2010, and even forbade him from deciding when to “retire as a songwriter.”
EMI, however, accused West of a “flagrant attempt to forum shop” to try to benefit from a California state law declaring personal services contracts unenforceable after seven years.
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The New York-based affiliate of Sony Corp said West’s publishing agreement is not such a contract, and required that any disputes be resolved in New York, whose law “strictly prohibits such gamesmanship.”
EMI also said the...
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