On Tuesday (May 30), Drake added another big W to his interminable winning streak when he won a lawsuit over the sample he used for his Nothing Was the Same cut, “Pound Cake / Paris Morton Music 2.”
Back in 2014, Drake was sued for copyright infringement over the spoken word sample that opens his Jay Z-featuring Nothing Was the Same track. The lawsuit was brought by the estate of jazz musician Jimmy Smith, whose 1982 song “Jimmy Smith Rap” gets prominently sampled on Drake’s track.
Yesterday, a judge determined that the sample is fair use and therefore, there’s no liability for copyright infringement, THR reports. In his opinion, U.S. District Court judge William H. Pauley III broke down how the use of the sample constitutes fair use.
Suffice it to say, Drake and his camp walked away with a victory on their hands. THR also reports that Drake’s camp is particularly pleased, considering that these types of copyright cases are often difficult to win.