News

Usher, Run D.M.C., Mark Wahlberg sued over samples

Usher, Run D.M.C., Mark Wahlberg sued over samples

LAWSUIT: Usher is among the artists being sued for allegedly using a sample without permission. Photo: Associated Press

Usher, Mark Wahlberg and the existing members of rap trio RUN-D.M.C. are facing a copyright infringement lawsuit for allegedly using samples from a 1960s R&B hit without permission.

Bosses at Twilight Records and Syl-Zel Music claim the performers and several other musicians have illegally used segments from Syl Johnson’s 1967 tune “Different Strokes”, and they’ve filed a lawsuit in a U.S. District Court in Illinois.

The suit also names several record labels including Sony Music Entertainment and Universal Music Group.

The complaint seeks accounting, along with a permanent restraint against sampling the song, and unspecified damages.

This isn’t the first time Johnson has sued for copyright infringement – in 2011, he filed a lawsuit against Kanye West and Jay Z, for improperly sampling the song on their album, “Watch the Throne.” That suit was later settled.

Recent News

in Entertainment

Big bling: 100-carat diamond could fetch $25M at auction

Fresh
diamond

Sotheby's will auction the stunning stone on Tuesday in NYC.

in Music

Courtney Love breaks down at Kurt Cobain film event

Fresh
courtneylove

The Hole star broke down in tears at an event promoting a new documentary about her late husband Kurt Cobain.

in Music

AC/DC star Phil Rudd pleads guilty to drug, threat charges

Fresh
philrudd

The ex-drummer pleaded guilty to threatening to kill and drug possession in a New Zealand court.

in Entertainment

Christopher Walken has no plans to retire

Fresh
walken

The Hollywood veteran doesn't plan on slowing down anytime soon.

in Entertainment

John Stamos says ‘Full House’ is coming back

10-overlay5

Netflix is bringing back the hit '90s sitcom for a new generation.