April 24, 2013 07:00 AM by Donna W. Martin
X Factor guest judge, Will.i.am, 38, has been getting some negative publicity surrounding claims that he committed copyright infringement by stealing the beat from Arty & Zo’s “Rebound” to use in his new song, “Let’s Go” with Chris Brown. In an interview on Tuesday, Will.i.am came clean and tried to explain the situation. Keep reading to see what he had to say.
According to US Weekly, Will.i.am admits to copyright infringement during a phone interview with KISS FM on Tuesday, Apr. 23 but he says it’s all a big misunderstanding. “Arty is a dope producer so I wrote this song to “Rebound” this last year,” Will.i.am explained. “I got in touch with Arty and showed it to him, did a different version to it because I asked him [to] make it newer, because I don’t just want to take your song and rap over it.”
Will.i.am went on to say that over a year’s time, he ended up preferring to write over using the original “Rebound” and something happened along the way with getting everything cleared, which resulted in Arty accusing him of copyright infringement on Twitter. “They never cleared rights through Anjunabeats, who’s only one label, who owns the rights for “Rebound,” Arty tweeted on April 16.
Will.i.am didn’t go into detail about the conversations that followed the accusations but did say he hopes the issue has been resolved.
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