Beastie Boys call for sampling lawsuit to be dismissed

The Beastie Boys have called for the dismissal of a lawsuit charging that they illegally sampled material on their first two albums. The rappers deny there is any "substantial similarity" between the tracks on Licensed to Ill and Paul's Boutique and the songs they sampled by the go-go band Trouble Funk.

TufAmerica, Trouble Funk's label, filed its suit in May, one day before the death of Beastie Boy Adam Yauch. TufAmerica alleged copyright infringement, unjust enrichment and misappropriation, and asked for punitive damages and a permanent injunction on the sale of records containing Trouble Funk samples.

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