News: Akon, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony & Swizz Beatz Sued Over Sampled Song

Tuesday, Jul 21, 2009 4:15PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Akon, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony and Swizz Beatz have been named in a copyright lawsuit filed against them which claims they sampled a 1970's song.

The lawsuit was reportedly filed in court last Tuesday (July 14).

Andrew Marks and London McDaniels filed a lawsuit the day after Common's, Songster, LLC -- which owns the rights to the song "When Will the Day Come" -- claims Bone, Akon and producer Swizz Beatz jacked their music for the collaboration "I Tried." Songster is seeking unspecified damages -- no word on who they'll sue next. (TMZ)

Common was named in a similar lawsuit a day prior.

Common is said to have stolen the song "When Will The Day Come" in his tune "Take it EZ." However, he does give Marks and McDaniels a credit on the downloadable version of his song: "Contains samples from: When Will The Day Come.'" Here's the problem: The credit don't pay the rent. So Marks and McDaniels are suing for unspecified damages. (SOHH)

The track helped Common gain fame and was a main single to his debut album.

Performing as Common Sense -- he was able to catch his first break, winning The Source magazine's Unsigned Hype contest. He debuted in 1992 with the single "Take It EZ," which appeared on his Combat-released debut album, Can I Borrow a Dollar?; further singles "Breaker 1/9" and "Soul by the Pound" helped establish his reputation in the hip-hop underground, although some critics complained about the record's occasional misogynistic undertones. (All Music)

Various artists were previously involved in a past 2008 sampling lawsuit.

The latest significant sample lawsuit to hit the streets is brought to us courtesy of Kanye West, Common, Method, Redman, and a bunch of folks over at the Universal Music Group. Seems like Kanye West just can't escape the sample clearance lawsuits lately. This time the daughter of Jazz saxophonist Joe Farrell has sued for lifting the drum break from Joe Farrell's 1974 CTI recording of Upon This Rock. The samples were "allegedly" used on Kanye's "Gone", Common "Chi-City", and Method Man/Redman's "Run 4 Cover". (Crate Kings)

No further information on the matter has been revealed.

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