Beastie Boys Look To Dismiss Lawsuit Over "Paul's Boutique" Sampling

UPDATE: Just a day before Adam "MCA" Yauch's passing, the Beastie Boys were sued by Tuf America over four songs including "The New Style."

One day before the untimely passing of Beastie Boy Adam "MCA" Yauch, a lawsuit was filed against the group. According to AllHipHop.com, Tuf America filed the lawsuit, claiming that the Beastie Boys used portions of Trouble Funk songs on four different occasions. 

According to the report, "Hold It Now Hit It" and "The New Style" were named as two of the four tracks in question. Tuf America is also claiming Trouble Funk's "Drop the Bomb" was used on "Car Thief" and that "Say What" was used on "Shadrach."  

Tuf America is looking to take this matter to court. The Beastie Boys and Capitol Records were named in the lawsuit. AllHipHop also has documents pertaining to the lawsuit, which can be viewed on their site. 

[May 8]

UPDATE: On Monday, Beastie Boys' lawyers asked the judge to find that there can't be substantial similarities found between the original recordings and the group's works. And if the judge does rule in favor of TufAmerica, Beastie's lawyers ask to limit the liability on account of the fact that the recordings were made more than two decades ago.

"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," said the lawyers. "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."

Read more about the lawsuit over at Billboard.biz.

 

RELATED: Beastie Boys' Adam "MCA" Yauch Dead At 47

17 Comments

  • Anonymous

    "Beastie Boys Look To Dismiss Lawsuit"..Hmm..didnt know they were judges.

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  • killz

    people who have nothing to do with the original recordings can sue.

  • twoholla

    2 of the songs in question is from when the Beaties were still signed to Def Jam!!!

  • Bitchass Move

    Some timing. 187 on them muthafukkkkin suit monkeys.

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  • Hypestyle

    I do not support this lawsuit. Roughly 25 years after the fact? Nope. The people suing may not even be the original artists. A lot of lawyers and other venture capitalists bought up the catalog/publishing rights to various stuff over the years once it became known that this stuff was profitable via rap sampling. The documentary "Copyright Criminals" highlights this. I hope the lawsuit is dismissed, or at best, a nominal settlement.

  • Controverse

    what is tuf america's relationship with trouble funk? these actions don't seem like they line up with trouble funk's history. pump it up!

  • vert2boston

    So ok then even if it was before MCA passing ,there just figuring this out now that they sampled there stuff,from an album over 15 years old?.. R u kidding me

  • sam uk

    If you read, it says they initiated proceedings BEFORE MCA passed, i mean, it's not a personal attack on the man, but business. Still, sore to see this kind of news so soon after the events of the weekend.

  • Is It Really True That Niggas Grew Up On Manhattan?

    Fuckkin rats. Suing a dead soldier like MCA, y'all must be really broke to do some shit like that.

  • Anonymous

    wow, talk about spitting on a grave...

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