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Beastie Boys urge judge to drop sampling lawsuit

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The suriving members of the Beastie Boys have urged a judge to dismiss an unauthorized sampling lawsuit filed against them, insisting fans won't be able to identify the source of the music.

Record label executives at TufAmerica filed the suit against the rap trio on the day before Adam Yauch died in May -- and his bandmates have only just responded.

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In the legal papers, the record label alleges that the rappers illegally sampled material on the 1986 album "License to Ill" and the 1989 album "Paul's Boutique" from their catalogue. But the group's lawyers went to court on Monday, insisting that the plaintiffs would not be able to establish substantial similarity between original recordings and their clients' material.

The lawyers state: "What precipitated Plaintiff to bring this action two decades after the release of the songs in question, and the day before the passing of defendant Adam Yauch, is not explained. Plaintiff is attempting to sidestep the Copyright Act's three-year statute of limitations and the defenses of laches and estoppel in light of its decades-long delay in taking any action."

TufAmerica has accused the group of concealing the samples to "the casual listener," revealing they only discovered the tracks after "conducting a careful audio analysis."

The Beastie Boys aren't the only '80s act in the midst of a decades-old sampling controversy. Madonna is currently being sued for allegedly sampling a 1976 SalSoul composition on her hit "Vogue." VMG SalSoul claims it discovered the alleged illegal sampling through new technology that wasn't available when the song was released in 1990. In court papers filed last month, record label bosses accused Madonna and her producer of using the samples in such a way that "the fact that it was sampled was disguised."

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Nov 29, 2012 1:03AM
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The problem is.. Those who sued B.B. and Madonna are IMO nowhere close to being heard on the radio or tv. - so they just waited out for the bands and producers to gather enough sales in order to pull out more money...
If the soung was that good - how come I didnt hear it in the last 20 years?? Ungratefull b*****s, U should be proud that at least somebody so big as BB. and Madonna even try to decide and to sample your "material".  Stop being ungratefull and instead be proud of it - I know I would.  Its not a roberry If BB. steals your sample - its a freakin privilege - get that in your head !! ;)
Nov 29, 2012 12:24AM
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Didn't the bb's just sue monster? What is with all this sueing crap? Don't these people have enough money?
Nov 28, 2012 11:39PM
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I guess they missed the whole point of sampling.  The whole disguising thing...
Nov 28, 2012 11:25PM
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We all now what SOL stands for! Beasties you win, the plaintiff is SOL. 
Nov 28, 2012 9:43PM
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These execs just need to shut the hell up.  America is full of whiny bitches now.
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