Kanye West emerged as the boss in a recent lawsuit against him over his 2007 hit song, “Stronger.” The song was on the airwaves worldwide and became an anthem for millions, with Kanye raking in major dough in the process.
A copyright infringement lawsuit had been filed against West, and he declared victory this week as a judge ruled in his favor. A man by the name of Vincent Peters claimed that West copied pieces of his song, which was made in 2006. Not only did the songs have the same name, but they both reference the 19th century philosopher, Friedrich Nietzsche.
Nietzsche coined the phrase, “That which does not kill us makes us stronger.” Both men used those words in their songs. Seems like Ye might owe this guy some money.
Judge Diane Wood of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals argued that, “although the fact that both songs quote from a 19th century German philosopher might, at first blush, seem to be an unusual coincidence, West correctly notes that the aphorism has been repeatedly invoked in song lyrics over the past century.”
We have to admit that we don’t get this one either. After all, the songs were made a year apart and have the same name. Crazy.