Kanye makes a legal bid to gain his freedom.
In addition to last year’s lawsuit against record label Roc-A-Fella Records and music publisher EMI for his publishing rights, Kanye West is now fighting the publisher for his freedom since recently learning that he’s contractually barred from retiring and/or taking an extended hiatus.
So, the contract reads, “You (Mr. West) will, throughout the Term as extended by this Modification, remain actively involved in writing, recording and producing Compositions and Major Label Albums, as Your principle occupation. At no time during the Term will you seek to retire as a songwriter, recording artist or producer or take any extended hiatus during which you are not actively pursuing Your musical career in the same basic manner as You have pursued such career to date. (The preceding representation shall not be deemed to prevent You from taking a vacation of limited duration.)”
Subsequent to finding out, West is now seeking to “obtain his freedom” from publishing and record contracts, citing CA Labor Code section 2855 (which limits personal service contracts to no more than seven years); he adds that he’s been “laboring” for EMI since his early work on 2003’s College Dropout.
Additionally, West’s complaints reads, “It makes no difference under section 2855 whether the contract is otherwise fair, or whether the employer has fulfilled its end of the bargain. It matters only whether the services began more than seven years ago. There can be no dispute that this happened here. The seven year period ended under this contract on October 1, 2010.”
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