This weekend fans and members of the music industry united to pay tribute to the Beastie Boys’s Adam Yauch, who tragically passed away on Friday. But today AllHipHop report that rap label Tuf America, in a piece of cruelly unfortunate timing, are pursuing a lawsuit against all members of the band. The label are said to have filed papers on May 3, the day before Yauch’s death, that accuse the Beastie Boys of copyright infringement.
The lawsuit alleges that the Beastie Boys illegally used portions of Trouble Funk’s 1982 track “Drop The Bomb” on “Hold It Now Hit It” and “The New Style,” from their 1986 album Licensed To Ill, as well as on “Car Thief,” on their 1989 record Paul’s Boutique. It also claims that the band’s “Shadrach,” again from Paul’s Boutique, borrowed from Trouble Funk’s “Say What” without permission.
Tuf America go on to suggest that the Beastie Boys and Capitol Records continue to profit from the material taken from Trouble Funk through anniversary and commemorative editions of Licensed To Ill and Paul’s Boutique. Understandably, it seems that no one associated with the Beastie Boys has yet responded to the claims. [Fact]