Did A Popular Air Talent Dodge A Legal Bullet?


MIAMI — As RBR+TVBR exclusively reported on Wednesday (10/25), tastemaker DJ Funkmaster Flex — an air personality at Emmis Communications’ Hip-Hop WQHT-FM “Hot 97” in New York — in mid-August played an unreleased track by superstar Nicki Minaj given to him by persons close to Minaj on his Saturday night show.

The song, “Sorry,” heavily borrows lyrics and music from the 1988 Tracy Chapman song “Baby Can I Hold You.” Chapman refused to give Minaj permission to release the track, presumably recorded before her business managers contacted Chapman for her OK. As such, Chapman on Monday sued Minaj in a Los Angeles court.

Where does this leave Emmis and its air talent? One entertainment attorney explained to RBR+TVBR their role in the matter, and why they are likely off the hook for any infringement.

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