Jay Z To Pay Swiss Jazz Musician 50% of Royalties After ‘Stealing’ His Instrumental For Hit Song ‘Versus’

Photo Credit: The Hot Zone USA/Malik LeGare

Photo Credit: The Hot Zone USA/Malik LeGare

Jay Z is paying the price for stealing someone else’s work.

The rapping legend has agreed to pay half the royalties of one of his songs to a Swiss jazz musician Bruno Spoerri after using his music without consent. In the song “Versus,” Spoerri claims that the instrumental to the song was stolen from his song “On The Way.” After an 18 month fight in court, both sides agreed to a solution.

It comes just days after Marvin Gaye’s family were awarded $7.4 million after a jury decided that the Robin Thicke song ‘Blurred Lines’ ripped off Gaye’s 1977 hit “Got to Give It Up.”

The song made a staggering $16 million for producer Pharrell Williams, Thicke and rapper T.I. with the family being awarded $4 million in damages and $3.4 million in profits from the song.

The veteran jazz musician says that this whole legal issue could have been avoided with one phone call.

Now it will cost Jay Z.

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