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Kendrick Lamar & SZA Settles Lawsuit Over Black Panther Song

Still from Black Panther Trailer/ Marvel Studios

Kendrick Lamar & SZA Settles Lawsuit Over Black Panther Song

Earlier this year, British-Liberian artist Lina Iris Viktor sued Kendrick Lamar and SZA on copyright infringement claims. Victor accused the rap-and-R&B duo of using her painting series “Constellations” in the music video of Black Panther song’s All the Stars without permission. Her artwork featured various gold geometric designs, symbols, and mythical creatures on a black background.

In the lawsuit, Victor asked for unspecified damages, along with an injunction prohibiting the use of her work to promote the Black Panther film. She previously claimed that Marvel representatives had reached out to her in back November 2016 and December 2017 to take permission for using her artwork in Black Panther, but she declined their offers.

Kendrick and SZA’s legal team denied Victor’s allegations, insisting that the artwork featured in the video had no contribution to the song’s success.

Now, according to court documents obtained by Pitchfork, both the parties have reached an undisclosed settlement. The court documents dated December 21st, meaning Lamar and SZA settled the lawsuit with Viktor recently. Back in July, the duo had asked the judge to block Viktor from receiving any profits from the Black Panther song. The report confirmed that the lawsuit has been put to closure with all claims dismissed. The settlement details have not been disclosed.

All the Stars was recently nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Original Song. The track has also been nominated for multiple Grammy Awards, including Song of the Year. Record of the Year, Best Rap/Sung Performance, and Best Song Written for Visual Media.

A few days back, a leaked tweet from Interscope Records-affiliated Polydor Records hinted that a new Kendrick Lamar album might be on its way. The tweet listed a number of artists with planned 2019 releases included Billie Eilish, Tove Lo, Selena Gomez, Jamie N Commons, and more. But the Compton rapper shot down all the rumors saying that he is not working on any new album.

Source: Pitchfork

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