Jazz Musician Files Suit Against Chance The Rapper For Copyright Infringement

Chance the Rapper was sued Tuesday (Sept. 12) for alleged copyright infringement over his song “Windows” off his debut mixtape 10 Day that came out in 2012.

The plaintiff, a New-York based jazz musician and composer named Abdul Wali Muhammad (formerly Eric P. Saunders) claims the song contains portions of the Lonnie Liston Smith song “Bridge Through Time,” which Muhammad filed a separate copyright claim for in 1979, a year before it was released. 

The song in question is Chance’s track “Windows” featuring Alex Wiley. Muhammad claims the song contains samples  Lonnie Liston Smith’s 1980 song “Bridge Through Time,” which Muhammad has a copyright claim for he obtained in 1979.

According to the eight-page complaint obtained by Billboard, Muhammad’s legal team tried to fix things with Chance in May before heading to court, but they never heard back. They accuse Chance  failing and refusing “to take any action to halt access to the infringing song.”

Chance is known for putting out his projects for free, but in January, 10 Day was mistakenly put up on iTunes and Apple Music along with Acid Rap. Both projects had never been for sale until then.