Nicki Minaj to pay Tracy Chapman US$450,000 in copyright infringement lawsuit

American singer and songwriter, Tracy Chapman (left) rapper Nicki Minaj (right)

Singer and songwriter, Tracy Chapman and her team have accepted a US$450,000 offer of judgment that Minaj and her team tendered in December. The sum includes all costs and attorney fees related to the case.

In September last year, a judge has ruled that Nicki Minaj did not commit copyright infringement when she created a song based on Tracy Chapman’s Baby Can I Hold You.

According to Pitchfork, Nick Minaj’s lawyers said they settled the judgment because it would have cost more to go to trial.

Meanwhile, Chapman’s lawyer, John Gatti said they were happy with the outcome. “I respect Tracy’s principles and appreciate her successful efforts to protect artists’ rights. I couldn’t be happier with the outcome and for the statement, this makes on behalf of Tracy and indeed, all artists’ rights