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Lil Wayne settles over Stones borrowing

By | Published on Friday 30 January 2009

New York independent Abkco says it has reached a settlement with Lil Wayne and all his associated companies over the hip hopper’s use of the Rolling Stone’s song ‘Play With Fire’ for his track ‘Playing With Fire’, which appeared on the ‘Tha Carter III’ album.

The song borrowed heavily from the Stones track, and Abkco said Wayne and his labels should have got their permission, as owners of the song, before releasing the new track. The song was removed from digital versions of the album after the lawsuit was filed.

It’s not clear what the out of court settlement means for the song or royalties generated from it, but a joint statement said: “All parties expressed themselves satisfied with the amicable settlement”.