Beastie Boys sued over ‘Licensed to Ill’ and ‘Paul’s Boutique’ samples | Music News

While fans worldwide are mourning the death and celebrating the life of founding Beastie Boys member Adam “MCA” Yauch, the band has now been sued over samples appearing in a total of four songs from their popular Licensed to Ill and Paul’s Boutique albums, according to documents obtained by AllHipHop.

Filed in United States District Court of the Southern District of New York by record label TufAmerica the day before Yauch’s death, the lawsuit alleges that the Beasties’ songs “The New Style” and “Hold It Now Hit It” from Ill and “Shadrach” and “Car Thief” from Boutique all contain unauthorized samples of songs recorded by American Go-Go band Trouble Funk. TufAmerica claims to be the exclusive licensee of the sampled songs — “Say What” from Trouble Funk’s album Straight Up Go-Go Style and “Drop the Bomb” from the album In Times of Trouble — and alleges that the Beasties have infringed their copyrights.

The suit claims that after “a careful audio analysis” TufAmerica was able to determine that the songs in question contain “distinctive” elements of the Trouble Funk recordings and that the Beasties and fellow defendants including Capitol Records continue to profit from the alleged unauthorized samples through several re-releases and digital downloads of the Ill and Boutique albums.

AllHipHop reports that TufAmerica is seeking trial to determine the amount of damages they are owed. A portion of the lawsuit can be viewed here.

Released in 1986, Licensed to Ill is the Beastie Boys’ landmark debut album; 1989’s Paul’s Boutique is the follow-up.

Trouble Funk was a staple in the world of Go-Go, an offshoot of American funk most popular in the band’s hometown of Washington D.C. and surrounding areas, throughout the 80s and continues to be a presence in the genre. On their official website, they dub themselves “the world’s greatest GO-GO band.”

Adam Yauch died May 4 after a long battle with cancer. He was 47.

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