Jay-Z to Pay Musician 50 Percent of Royalties for Uncleared Sample on 'Versus'

The rapper, who previously denied he illegally used a Swiss musician named Bruno Spoerri's music, finally agrees to pay him 50 percent of the earning of the 'Magna Carta' track.

AceShowbiz - %cJay-Z% will pay the royalties from his "Versus" to Swiss musician Bruno Spoerri whose music he sampled on the 2013 track without permission. According to the Daily Mail, the rapper has finally agreed to pay 50|percent| of the song's earning following an 18-month legal battle.

Spoerri previously claimed Jay-Z used the instrumental of his "Lilith - on the way" for "Versus" that appears on "Magna Carta... Holy Grail". Jay-Z initially denied the accusation, but he admitted he illegally used the 79-year-old pianist and saxophonist's music a few months ago.

Spoerri last year said that he was both flattered and infuriated to have his music sampled by Jay-Z. "In a way I'm flattered that a relatively young rapper takes a sample from an old man, a sample that is about 35 years old," he explained to Swissinfo.CH.

He was mad because Jay-Z and his team didn't even try to contact him to clear the sample. "I'm furious because it would have been so simple to clear the sample. All it would have needed was a call or an email to the company and I think it would have been relatively cheap," he added.

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