Beastie Boys Hit with Copyright Infringement Lawsuit
Published May 08, 2012As if things couldn't get any worse for Beastie Boys following the death of Adam Yauch late last week, the group have now been hit with an ill-timed copyright infringement lawsuit regarding some allegedly illegal samples from the trio's early years.
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.