Beastie Boys ask for sampling lawsuit to be dropped

The rappers are being sued by 1980s band Trouble Funk

According to Mike D, Beastie Boys was originally an acronym standing for "Boys Entering Anarchistic States Towards Internal Excellence," and the initials B.B. were intended to mimic Washington DC hardcore punk band Bad Brains. However, other members of the band have suggested that these factors were afterthoughts.
The surviving members of the Beastie Boys have asked for a lawsuit which alleges that they illegally sampled 1980s outfit Trouble Funk's 'Say What' and 'Drop The Bomb' on four of their early tunes, to be dropped.

The suit alleges that 'Shadrach' and 'Car Thief' from the Beasties' second album 'Paul's Boutique' and the tracks 'Hold It, Now Hit It' and 'The New Style' from their debut record 'Licensed To Ill' illegally use samples from Trouble Funk's tracks 'Say What' and 'Drop The Bomb'.

The Guardian reports that the rappers have denied that there is any "substantial similarity" between the songs and also question the lengthy gap between the release of the albums and the lawsuit.

The band's lawyers wrote: "Plaintiff is attempting to sidestep the Copyright Act's three-year statute of limitations."

They added that the case should be dropped as the plaintiff has admitted that the samples are concealed and not obvious to the casual listener.

The Beastie Boys were hit with the lawsuit the day before Adam 'MCA' Yauch died earlier this year. Yauch was diagnosed with cancer in 2009 and succumbed to the disease on May 4, aged 47.

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