Kanye West files new legal documents to get out from EMI Music contract
Kanye West has filed new legal documents in which he claims that his deal with EMI Music amounts to servitude and he should be “set free from its bonds.”
Variety cited a TMZ report, where it is said that the document claims that the deal he signed with EMI in 2003 does not specify a time limit, and thus is invalid.
Notably, in California, personal services contracts cannot last longer than seven years, because they amount to “servitude.”
Kanye has asked the judge to terminate his EMI contract as of 2010. This which would revert to him the rights to songs from his albums ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy,’ ‘Yeezus,’ ‘Life of Pablo,’ ‘Ye,’ his ‘Watch the Throne’ collaboration with Jay-Z and ‘Kids See Ghosts’ team-up with Kid Cudi, and multiple other singles and collaborations.
The Friday lawsuits were against EMI Music Publishing, which is now owned by Sony/ATV, and the Universal Music Group companies Roc-a-Fella Records (the formerly Jay-Z - owned record label that released his early albums), Def Jam Records and UMG’s merchandising arm, Bravado.