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Madonna hit with lawsuit over 'Vogue' sample
July 13, 2012, 11:08 AM EST
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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