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Beastie Boys sued by record label over sampling

Posted by Mawuse Ziegbe  May 9, 2012 11:51 AM

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As if losing the third member of their crew wasn't enough, the Beastie Boys have been slapped with a lawsuit.

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In this 1989 file photo originally provided by Capitol Records, members of the Beastie Boys, from left, Adam Horovitz, known as Adrock, Michael Diamond, known as Mike D, and Adam Yauch, known as MCA, are shown. Yauch, the gravelly voiced Beastie Boys rapper who co-founded the seminal hip-hop group, died, Friday, May 4, 2012, at age 47 after a nearly three-year battle with cancer. Yauch was diagnosed with a cancerous salivary gland in 2009.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers, who lost Adam Yauch a.k.a. MCA to cancer last week, were sued by record label TufAmerica the day before Yauch's death on May 4.

TufAmerica is alleging that the Beasties and Universal Music Group sampled songs by go-go and R&B group Trouble Funk on certain songs from revered Beastie albums "Licensed to Ill" and "Paul's Boutique."

Despite the legal drama, TufAmerica has acknowledged the awkward timing of the suit.

"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," the label's attorney told E! News. "On behalf of myself and TufAmerica, I offer our condolences to Adam's family, friends, and fans."

It makes sense that TufAmerica would want a cut of any Beastie music: the death of Yauch has catapulted "Licensed to Ill" back on to the Billboard 200 chart, with 19,000 copies of the album sold in the past week.

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