Thursday, May 23, 2013
Talk about poor timing. Just the day before rap icon Adam "MCA" Yauch passed away, record label TufAmerica slapped the Beastie Boys with a lawsuit, claiming the band ripped off a bunch of their songs. According to the new lawsuit, TufAmerica maintains that Brooklyn's finest jacked samples from "Drop the Bomb" by Trouble Funk which appeared in "The New Style." They also believe the Licensed to Ill singers used parts of the song on the hits "Car Thief" and "Hold It Now Hit It." As for the song "Shadrack," they say that parts of the Trouble Funk song "Say What" were sampled. It goes without saying that the timing may seem suspect, seeing how the records were released almost THREE DECADES ago. But TufAmerica says it's only going after the Beastie Boys because the band has been re-releasing and distributing the tracks without properly compensating TufAmerica. TufAmerica has never received a dime from the recordings. Although there is never a good time for a lawsuit, last week couldn't have been worse. MCA passed away from a long battle with cancer. Despite the brewing legal battle, TufAmerica's lawyer Kelly Talcott extended his condolences to the band. He told E! News, "I was very sorry to hear of Adam Yauch's untimely passing, and can assure you that the unfortunate timing of the filing of TufAmerica's complaint had nothing to do with his health. On behalf of myself and TufAmerica, I offer our condolences to Adam's family, friends, and fans." That said, MCA's death isn't going to stop them from suing for copyright infringement, unjust enrichment and misappropriation.