Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Beasties win copyright suit re sampling

I wasn't aware that the Beastie Boys were involved in a copyright suit over a sample used in the song "Pass the Mic" on the 1992 album "Check Your Head."

Chief Judge Mary Schroeder [of the 9th Circ.] wrote in her opinion: "We hold that Beastie Boys' use of a brief segment of that composition, consisting of three notes separated by a half-step over a background C note, is not sufficient to sustain a claim for infringement of Newton's copyright,".
Apparently the BBoys paid a licensing fee to use the 6 sencond sample from jazz flutist James Newton's 1978 composition "Choir." Whoever. Apparently his publishers thought they deserved more.

Article here.


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