Kanye West's 'The Life of Pablo' Exclusivity Lawsuit Dismissed
The class-action suit challenged West's claims that the album would be exclusive to Tidal
Published Jan 30, 2019Back in 2016, Kanye West and Tidal were sued for claiming the rapper's The Life of Pablo LP would remain exclusive to the streaming service. Last year, the case moved forward as a class-action suit against a tweet West had made claiming the album "will never be for sale... You can only get it on Tidal."
Now, as The Blast reports, West and lead plaintiff Justin Baker-Rhett have reportedly had the lawsuit dismissed. The site reports that Baker-Rhett filed documents yesterday (January 29) that "hereby stipulate and agree to the dismissal of Plaintiff's individual claims with prejudice and the putative class's claims without prejudice, with each party to bear its own attorney fees and costs."
In July 2017, West and his team were looking to have the lawsuit dismissed based on the fact that alternate versions of the album appeared on rival services following The Life of Pablo's initial release. West's defence stated that he "altered lyrics, changed vocals, added new beats, and remixed songs" when it came to versions of the record hosted on Apple Music, Spotify and more.
"The versions of The Life of Pablo that are available on other streaming services are different from the original, Tidal-only version," legal documents from West's team explained. "Plaintiff does not dispute that there are differences between the versions of the album available on the different streaming services, and therefore he has not shown that Mr. West's tweet about the exclusivity of The Life of Pablo on Tidal was false."
When asked for comment, representatives for Tidal and Baker-Rhett told Pitchfork, "Tidal, Mr. West and Mr. Baker-Rhett have resolved their differences amicably and the lawsuit has been dismissed."
West's The Life of Pablo and Tidal are also embroiled in an investigation regarding inflated streaming statistics.