Kanye West Takes Legal Action: Lawsuit Claims Contract Breach Over Song Leaks, Seeks Damages

Kanye West may be traveling around the world with his new “wife,” Bianca Censori, and getting investigated by Italian police for possibly breaking “standards of public decorum” when he exposed his backside seemly accidentally, but he he’s still seems to be keeping up on business.

LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 21: Kanye West is seen on October 21, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rachpoot/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)

It has been reported that Kanye, known now as Ye, is pursuing legal action against unknown individuals responsible for leaking his unreleased music on Instagram and Twitter.

Why Ye is Suing

In a lawsuit filed by Gregory K. Nelson of Weeks Nelson on Sept. 6 in Los Angeles Superior Court, West claims that the leaks have caused “significant financial losses” and violated confidentiality agreements. The @daunreleasedgod_ Instagram account is cited as the main social media account behind of the leaked tracks.

Since March 2023, the account has reportedly leaked several of Ye’s songs on Instagram and on X/Twitter, Billboard reported.

Some of titles of the songs were “Why they so mad,” “Wouldn’t Leave, I’ll Be Alright,” “We Did it Kid,” “NASDAQ,” “Mr. Miyagi,” and “Shay Can’t Look,” as well as collaborations with artists including DJ Khaled. Ye also claimed they leaked footage of him in the studio with an artist without his authorization and unauthorized video footage of a “Donda” listening party.

According to West’s legal team, these unreleased songs hold economic value and unique elements, making them trade secrets “due to its economic value, secrecy, and the efforts taken to safeguard it,” Billboard reported.

The lawsuit seeks to stop the defendants and recover damages, fees, and costs. Ye plans to reveal the defendants’ identities once they are uncovered.

The lawsuit alleges trade secret misappropriation and breach of contract, causing substantial harm to Ye’s reputation and financial losses.

The lawsuit points out that Ye “does not know the true names or capacities” of the defendants, but believes that those individuals more that likely signed confidentiality agreements with him before they were given access to the compositions, as this is his normal procedure.

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