Beastie Boys Hit with Copyright Infringement Lawsuit
The label Tuf America filed its lawsuit on May 3, the day before Yauch's death, in United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, AllHipHop reports. According to the claim, the Beasties illegally sampled Trouble Funk's 1982 track "Drop the Bomb" for three songs across Licensed to Ill (1986) and Paul's Boutique (1989): "Hold It Now Hit It," "The New Style" and "Car Thief." The label also alleges that the Beastie Boys' "Shadrach," also from Paul's Boutique, contains an uncleared sample of Trouble Funk's "Say What."
According to Tuf America, no one from the label or Trouble Funk were contacted about the samples and they haven't seen any of the profits. Making matters worse, the allegedly uncleared samples were supposedly among the sounds remastered in 2009, and the samples popped up on 1999's Beastie Boys Anthology: The Sounds of Science.
You can see some of the court documents over at here on AllHipHop.
This is hardly the first time Tuf America has gone to court over copyright infringement, as a Google search reveals a series of past suits.
NewsJul 23, 2015
BJ the Chicago Kid Grabs Kendrick Lamar, Chance the Rapper for 'In My Mind'
Illinois-raised, L.A.-based R&B singer BJ the Chicago Kid is currently putting work into his proper Motown Records debut, but a few details ...
NewsJul 16, 2015
Vic Mensa Expands North American Tour, Adds Canadian Dates
Vic Mensa has made some big career moves in 2015, collaborating with Skrillex and Kanye West and signing with Jay Z's Roc Nation Records. No...
NewsJul 08, 2015
Exclaim!'s Top 27 Albums of 2015 So Far
With 2015's midway point (ever so slightly) in the rearview, we've decided to take a look back at what already feels like a banner year for ...
NewsJun 02, 2015
The Internet Tap Janelle Monáe, Vic Mensa, Tyler, the Creator for 'Ego Death' LP
While recent tweets from Tyler, the Creator and Earl Sweatshirt have called into question the current status of Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Th...
NewsMay 18, 2015
Bilal Taps Kendrick Lamar, Big K.R.I.T. for 'In Another Life'
Long-running soul artist Bilal recently offered up vocals for two songs on Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly, and now the Compton rapper ...
NewsMay 07, 2015
Naked Intruder Moves into Chris Brown's Home, Spray Paints His Car
Thanks to years of shitty behaviour, R&B dude Chris Brown has a lot of people who hate his guts. On the bright side, those who still call th...
NewsApr 29, 2015
Snoop Dogg Taps Kendrick Lamar, Rick Ross for 'BUSH'
Snoop Dogg's BUSH was entirely produced by Pharrell Williams, but that's not the only-high profile collaborator that Snoop recruited for his...
NewsApr 09, 2015
Young Fathers Discuss Pop Influence on 'White Men Are Black Men Too'
The title of Young Fathers' new album, White Men Are Black Men Too, will certainly spark racially charged debates. But, in a way, the Scotti...