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Madonna hit with lawsuit over 'Vogue' sample

Rolling Stone

A Delaware company has hit Madonna and her label WB Records with a lawsuit claiming the pop star stole portions of one of their songs for her hit 1990 hit, "Vogue," reports E!.

Bing video: Madonna's 'Vogue'

Pointing to a song called "Love Break" released around 1977, VMG claims, "The portions of 'Love Break,' which have been copied into 'Vogue' and all its various 'mixes,' 'remixes,' videos, YouTube versions, etc., are numerous but intentionally hidden. The horn and strings in 'Vogue' are intentionally sampled from 'Love Break' throughout."

The company also says music producer Richard "Shep" Pettibone facilitated the process by altering the samples after he was originally hired by VMG to remix "Love Break," later working on "Vogue." "The unauthorized sampling was deliberately hidden by [Madonna] within 'Vogue' so as to avoid detection. It was only when VMG specifically looked for the sample, with the technology available to it in 2011, that the sampling could be confirmed," VMG said.

VMG claims they served WB Records with a copyright infringement notice in July 2011 and February 2012, and are seeking damages on top of "[Madonna's] profits that are attributable to the copyrighted material."

Representatives for Madonna have yet to comment.

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Jul 14, 2012 10:34AM
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This is not the first time she has been accused of this. It's probably surfacing because she blatantly stole "gimme all you lovin" off a man who wrote "love banana". Google it and be the judge. As far as I'm concerned she's a fraud.
Jul 13, 2012 5:21PM
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Do these people realize what year it is and how many years have since past? What cave have they been residing in?
Jul 13, 2012 2:27PM
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Madonna should countersue these people.

Jul 13, 2012 1:36PM
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Honestly? Without knowing all the details, my first thought is: Isn't it funny how things work out. You do something 20 years ago and think you got away with it.... but eventually everything in life catches up with you. 
If they're being truthful, and she really was aware of what was going on? Then she totally deserves to be taken to court and forced to make things right. 
As a song writer/composer, I would be furious to know someone used my work without giving me credit and made millions from it. Even if it was 20 years ago!
Jus' sayin'.
Jul 13, 2012 1:36PM
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Honestly? Without knowing all the details, my first thought is: Isn't it funny how things work out. You do something 20 years ago and think you got away with it.... but eventually everything in life catches up with you. 
If they're being truthful, and she really was aware of what was going on? Then she totally deserves to be taken to court and forced to make things right. 
As a song writer/composer, I would be furious to know someone used my work without giving me credit and made millions from it. Even if it was 20 years ago!
Jus' sayin'.
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