Nevertheless, "Sorry" leaked and played once on Funkmaster Flex's Hot 97 broadcast, and fans moved quickly to record the track.
According to Chapman's suit, Minaj's team sent a formal request in July 2018 to use Chapman's song, noting that Minaj meant to "interpolate" Chapman's work (that is, re-record the melody and lyrics of the song, rather than sample Chapman's existing recording).
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The proceedings will now not be necessary after Chapman accepted Minaj's settlement offer, which reportedly covers the Fast Car singer's costs and legal fees.
While at first instance, a court found that Nicki Minaj had a fair use right to use the song in the studio to enable musical experimentation, the evidence regarding the leak and distribution of the song was in issue.
Chapman accused Minaj of infringing on her rights to Baby Can I Hold You in a track titled Sorry, a collaboration with Nas. "Minaj persisted, but the song only got out through leak", the outlet reported.
The case dragged on in court for two years until USA district judge Virginia A. Phillips Judge Phillips ruled in September that Minaj was protected under the "fair use" doctrine, Varietyreported.
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Minaj's lawyer Peter W. Ross, said that "We settled for one reason only".
Chapman says she is pleased by the decision and not just because of the financial gain. She further said that filing the lawsuit was her last resort.
"As a songwriter and an independent publisher I have been known to be protective of my work", Chapman said.
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