Beastie Boys Fighting Back Against Sampling Lawsuit

(CBS Local) Beastie Boys are fighting back against a lawsuit that claims the band illegally sampled music on two of their albums, 1986 debut Licensed to Ill and 1989 follow-up, Paul's Boutique.

The suit, filed by record label TufAmerica, alleges that the Beastie Boys sampled the songs "Say What" and "Drop the Bomb" by '80s "go-go" group, Trouble Funk, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The complaint was submitted on May 3, 2012, just one day before founding member Adam "MCA" Yauch succumbed to salivary gland cancer.

But it's the suit itself that might be TufAmerica's downfall, as the label is suing on the basis that the samples were discovered only "after conducting a careful audio analysis," since they were "effectively concealed" to the "casual listener." more on this story

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