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Usher, Mark Wahlberg and Run DMC Being Sued for Copyright Infringement

Usher, Mark Wahlberg and Run DMC Being Sued for Copyright Infringement

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By: Barry Burch Jr. On Tuesday, a lawsuit came into the works alleging copyright infringement against Usher, Mark Wahlberg and Run DMC.  The suit stems from the song “Different Strokes,” recorded by “Syl Jonhnson,” or Sylvester Thompson, back in 1967.  Twilight Records and Syl-Zel Music filed a complaint in court claiming these artists used samples of Johnson’s song “Different Strokes.”  As the owners of the song’s copyright, they are seeking money…

Jay-Z & Kanye West Respond To Sly Johnson’s Lawsuit

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    This past October, soul veteran Syl Johnson sued Jay-Z and Kanye West, as well as Universal Music Group and Def Jam, for sampling his song “Different Strokes” without permission for “The Joy.” Last Thursday, the duo combated the lawsuit, denying the allegations though acknowledging that the song was released prior to Watch the Throne. According to Billboard.biz, Hov and ‘Ye cite federal copyright law, claiming that because the…

CNN Poll: Gingrich soars, Cain drops

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    A new national survey of Republicans indicates that it’s basically all tied up between Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich in the race for the GOP presidential nomination, with Gingrich on the rise and businessman Herman Cain falling due to the sexual harassment allegations he’s been facing the past two weeks. According to a CNN/ORC International Poll released Monday, 24% of Republicans and independents who lean towards the GOP…

Kanye West, Jay-Z Sued By Syl Johnson Over Uncleared ‘Throne’ Sample

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Syl Johnson, a respected musician who created many successful blues and soul songs in the 1960s and 1970s, has filed a lawsuit against hip hop superstars Kanye West and Jay-Z over an allegedly uncleared sample on the duo’s latest album, “Watch the Throne.”  In a complaint filed in Illinois federal court on Friday, Johnson claims the two famous hip hop artists plus UMG and Def Jam took a portion of his song, “Different…