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The Beastie Boys Request Sampling Lawsuit to be Dropped

November 29, 2012 | Posted by Jeffrey Harris

The Guardian reports that the surviving members of the Beastie Boys have asked for a lawsuit alleging they illegally sampled the 1980’s songs “Say What” and “Drop the Bomb” by Trouble Funk for four of their early tunes to be dropped.

The lawsuit alleges the Beastie Boys songs “Shadrach” and “Car Thief” from their second album Paul’s Boutique and also the tracks “Hold it, Now Hit It” and “The New Style” from their debut album Licensed to Ill illegally used samples from the Trouble Funk tracks “Say What” and “Drop The Bomb.”

The Beastie Boys have denied there is any “substantial similarity” between the songs and also question the lengthy gap between the release of the albums and the lawsuit. The groups lawyer wrote: “Plaintiff is attempting to sidestep the Copyright Act’s three-year statute of limitations.”

They also added the case should be dropped as the plaintiff has admitted that the samples are concealed and not very obvious to a casual listener.

The Beastie Boys received the lawsuit the day before late member Adam “MCA” Yauch died earlier this year. Yauch had been diagnosed with cancer in 2009 and passed away on May 4 at age 47.

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