Kanye West’s Contract States That He’s Never Allowed To Quit Music
Due to a provision in Kanye West’s EMI contract that’s now been recently revealed to the public, West will literally have to ‘die on the line’ before he can stop making music because apparently, he is not allowed to retire.
The artist’s EMI publishing contract, currently at the center of a major lawsuit, states that West will “remain actively involved in writing, recording and producing Compositions and Major Label Albums, as Your principle occupation.” Furthermore, West must “at no time during the Term” initiate a retirement from those occupations or take an extended hiatus in which he’s not actively carrying them out.
According to the report, EMI has now filed a notice of removal in an effort to move the case from California state court to the federal level. Their argument is that this all falls under the Copyright Act, an argument that if made successfully could complicate what West is seeking in the dispute.
West’s team has specifically pointed to California Labor Code section 2855, a.k.a. the De Havilland Law. The famous legal precedent states that personal service contracts, i.e. the same ones employed by those in creative fields, are limited to no more than seven calendar years in length.