A lot of people were upset over Kim Kardashian and Kanye West daring to appear on the cover of hoity-toity Vogue, and now we can add one more person to that list -- a Michael Jackson-wannabe singer from the '60s who is actually suing Vogue's parent company. Ricky Spicer, who was sampled on Kanye's song "Bound 2," supposedly without permission or compensation, is now going after Vogue for using the song in its behind-the-scenes video of the shoot.
Spicer is now not only suing Kanye for using his high-pitched voice as the main sample of "Bound 2," but Condé Nast Entertainment for using "Bound" in its video. It's unclear if Spicer even had rights to his own voice, but apparently he (or at least his lawyer) thinks he does.
"Bound 2" can be heard in the background over video of Kim, Kanye, and North West posing for the famous cover. Said the lawsuit:
Mr. Spicer’s voice is used substantially throughout the video, comprising approximately 44% of the vocals.
Vogue refused to comment on the litigation. If it is true that Spicer owned the rights to his own singing and Kanye didn't pay up, that's pretty egregious. But seems strange that would happen, since this is far from the first time that Kanye has sampled others' work. You'd think he'd know the legal ins and outs by now -- or at least his record company would.
I can't blame Spicer for being miffed. I bet, just like Sarah Michelle Gellar, he's going to cancel his Vogue subscription too. Harumph!
Do you think he has the right to sue?
Image via Vogue