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George Clinton and Black Eyed Peas settle lawsuit
LOS ANGELES (AP) — George Clinton and the Black Eyed Peas have settled a lawsuit in which the funk pioneer accused the pop group of improperly using his music.
Court filings show the settlement was reported Monday to a federal judge in Los Angeles and that an upcoming trial was canceled.
Clinton sued the Peas in December 2010, claiming the group used elements of his 1979 song "(Not Just) Knee Deep" in remixes of their international hit "Shut Up."
The group and its label, Universal Music Group, claimed they licensed the music, but Clinton says he never granted permission.
A judge limited the damages Clinton could recoup in a ruling earlier this month, stating the musician hadn't shown how much he lost or how much the Peas and Universal profited from using Clinton's music.
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