As the remaining two members of the Beastie Boys mourn the loss of Adam “MCA” Yauch, a new lawsuit has been brought to light. All Hip Hop is reporting that, one day after Yauch’s death, Tuf America filed a copyright infringement suit against the trio and their label, Capitol Records, over the unlawful use of music on a total of four songs. The group is accused of illegally using two-track on their 1986 debut, Licensed to Ill, and 1989’s, Paul’s Boutique.
According to the suit, filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, the Beastie Boys illegally used the records “Say What” and “Drop the Bomb,” from R&B funk band Trouble Funk. Although they licensed a portion of Trouble Funk’s music for “Drop the Bomb,” Tuf America alleges that they used more songs than they paid for. Tuf America also claims that both the Beastie Boys and Capitol Records are still reaping financial benefits from the music, which will likely increase since Yauch’s passing. The 47-year-old lost his battle with cancer on May 4 , prompting many in the music industry to publicly send their condolences.
Tuf America is potentially seeking punitive and exemplary damages and has requested that trial date be set in the matter.
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