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Kanye West Is Contractually Banned From Retiring

Kanye West has launched a lawsuit against his music publisher.

The rapper-producer is seeking to terminate his contract with EMI, which states that he's legally barred from retiring or even taking a hiatus, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

According to the complaint filed in Los Angeles by West's lawyers, he's seeking to "obtain his freedom from a contract with EMI that he's been labouring under since 2003".

The sixteen-year-old contract states that West has to remain actively involved in writing, recording and producing albums as his principal occupation.

"At no time during the Term will you seek to retire as a songwriter, recording artist or producer or take any extended hiatus during which you are not actively pursuing Your musical career in the same basic manner as You have pursued such career to date," the contract states.
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Despite the contract seeming pretty airtight, Kanye's lawyers are arguing that the document is actually illegal under California's 'seven-year rule', also known as the De Havilland Law.

"The seven-year period ended under this contract on October 1st, 2010," West's lawyers argue.

"For more than eight years thereafter -- more than double the maximum seven-year period California law allows -- EMI has enforced rights in violation of California law, depriving Mr. West of the ‘breathing period’ that California law mandates," the complaint says.

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Performers including Rita Ora and 30 Seconds To Mars have previously cited the De Havilland law in their attempts to break free from their recording contracts.

If successful, Kanye will be released from his EMI contract and claim ownership of records released post-2010, including My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and Yeezus. 

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