Kanye West closer to Nietzsche than songwriter

Kanye West's song Stronger influenced by German philosopher, not person suing him, Kanye West claims in court.

24.11.11

Words by: Charlie Jones

Kanye West has stated in court that his song _Stronger, is influenced by the German philosopher, poet, composer and classical philologist rather than songwriter Vincent Peters, who is suing Kanye West for copying his song.

Though Kanye West could have feasibly won the argument that he’s influenced by the man who once said “The visionary lies to himself, the liar only to others”, Stronger quotes Friedrich Nietzsche’s maxim “That which does not kill me makes me stronger”. Peter’s case was originally thrown out of court by the judge, but the LA songsmith was undeterred, taking Kanye West to a higher appeal authority. Carrie Hall at Pryor Cashman, West’s lawyer, wrote, “it would create a dangerously low threshold for establishing copyright protection over otherwise commonplace words and phrases.” Have a look at the two songs below, bearing in mind that one is one of the most downloaded ever, the other isn’t, and Nietzsche’s quotation: to distrust all in whom the impulse to punish is powerful.

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[VIA hollywoodreporter.com]