Beastie Boys Hit With Copyright Lawsuit

One day before Adam Yaunch died last Friday, a company filed papers claiming the Beastie Boys stole their samples without permission.

Beastie Boys Hit With Copyright Lawsuit
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The Beastie Boys were hit with a copyright lawsuit one day before Adam Yaunch died on Friday, it has been revealed. According to a federal lawsuit filed in New York by TufAmerica, in which it claims that the group illicitly used samples from "Say What" and "Drop The Bomb" by their group Trouble Funk, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The samples were allegedly used on the Beastie Boys' albums "Licence To Ill" and "Paul's Boutique". It is believed that Yaunch, who died of cancer aged 47, was never served the papers, but some observers see the timing of his death as curious. TufAmerica says it was never informed about the use of its samples, but the statute of limitations may have passed since the Beastie Boy albums were released more than two decades ago. It wants a permanent injunction to prevent the band from continuing to infringe the samples, plus compensation. Meanwhile, the remaining Beastie Boys have paid tribute to their former bandmate on their official blog. "As you can imagine, s**t is just fkd up right now, [sic]" wrote Ad-Rock "I'm glad to know that all the love that Yauch has put out into the world is coming right back at him. Thank you." Mike D added his feelings on their Facebook page: "I miss Adam so much. He really served as a great example for myself and so many of what determination, faith, focus, and humility coupled with a sense of humour can accomplish," he wrote. "The last few days have just been a blur of deep emotions for our closest friend, band mate and really brother The world is in need of many more like him. We love you Adam."

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    link no1
    It is believed that Yaunch, who died of cancer aged 47, was never served the papers, but some observers see the timing of his death as curious.
    Yes, the timing of when cancer killed him was obviously curious....GTFO.
    refizzled
    Salvo416 wrote: Whos Adam YAUNCH?
    How did this guy get so many thumbs down? Did no one else notice there is no N in Yauch?
    redisni
    That's plain low. It was a well-known fact that MCA was badly ill, and getting free coverage out of something that, according to the same people that brought the subject up said that "the statute of limitations may have passed since the Beastie Boy albums were released more than two decades ago" - that's bullshit.
    jrodgers
    Someone needs to stroll down to TufAmerica records with a bucket of napalm and a few matches. I can't believe those f***s could be that f***ing stupid and insensitive at the same time.
    Absurder22
    All these lawsuits from 20 years ago show are all horseshit. I don't think any of them ever get what they need and it's almost always bullshit.
    dewitt
    Maybe they just figured out that the samples belonged to them. I'm pretty sure the statute of limitations begins when the parties become aware. I don't know what samples they're even referring to, but with all the samples they would use, it's fairly easy to believe that the samples were used in a subtle way. They also could have known for a few years and been waiting until they felt their statute of limitations was nearly up, in a way to have the most back-pay for royalties as possible. Also, given the fact that his health problems were widely known, they could have done this in a way to ensure their claim on the royalties from the insurgence in sales that always seems to happen after someone dies. I'm not saying it's the most respectable way to do business, but neither is stealing someone else's recordings and selling them as part of your own.
    flyneye
    Fair use says change the sample by 5% and it's yours. It's called sampling.Sample a sample of sample for example. Use a bit of a song one beat shy of a phrase; sample. File a lawsuit over stolen samples; a poor way to make up for a lack of talent and fame, while making crack more available.
    powachord
    Im pretty sure theres a statute of limitations on this sort of thing... What an absolute joke tho, and completely disgraceful.