While they appeared to reach a settlement earlier this year, Kanye West and EMI's legal battle is far from over. According to TMZ, the music publisher's request to reopen the lawsuit has been approved by a federal judge.

This news arrives after West and the publishing company settled back in September, when a federal judge ruled that either of the parties would be able to reopen the case before Friday, December 27. Now legal documents reveal that a judge has signed off on the company’s formal request to reopen the action, with EMI’s lawyers stating that “unfortunately, as of today’s date, the parties have been unable to finalize the terms of the settlement agreement.”

The legal battle began earlier this year, when Kanye sued EMI, stating he was "obtaining his freedom" from the publishing company, which was attempting to take control over his music for the rest of his life. EMI has been responsible for publishing Kanye's catalog since 2003, under what Kanye's legal defence described as an illegal deal.

EMI countered West’s “servitude” lawsuit by filing a federal countersuit, claiming that the musician signed off on multiple extension details surrounding the publishing of his music.

Stay tuned for updates as this case develops.

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