Disco Label Loses Madonna Lawsuit, Moves Onto Moby

Andrew Parks

By Andrew Parks

on 04.07.14 in News

VMG Salsoul — a New York label best known for its connection to the disco and Philly soul scenes in the ’70s and ’80s — has filed a lawsuit against Moby for two 22-year-old tracks, “Next is the E” and “Thousand.” According to Billboard, Salsoul claims both cuts include unlicensed samples of First Choice’s 1983 single “Let No Man Put Asunder.”

If the timing here seems a little off, consider this: Salsoul lost a similar better-late-than-never battle with Madonna last fall, when a U.S. District Court judge ruled that the “Horn Hit” in “Vogue” had a “trivial,” downright unrecognizable relationship to a 1976 song called “Love Break.” This went against the precedent set in 2006, when N.W.A. got busted for the two-second Funkadelic loop in “100 Miles and Runnin’.”

“Get a license or do not sample,” the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals explained in its decision back then. “We do not see this as stifling creativity in any significant way.”

You be the judge in Moby’s case down below…

Moby, 'Thousand'

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