The Go-Go band, Trouble Funk, filed a lawsuit against the Beastie Boys for copyright infringement the day before Yauch’s passing.It takes a cold-hearted bastard to continue suing a dead man, his grieving band mates and former label over a few samples from albums made in 1985 and ’89. TufAmerica, the firm representing Trouble Funk, alleges the Beastie Boys used samples on “License to Ill” and “Paul’s Boutique”.
If you’re wondering why it took so long for Trouble Funk to file lawsuit, it may be because they finally found a loop hole justifying their grasping [via Time]:
TufAmerica claims they only learned of the infringement recently. Because of advancements in technology, the company says it was finally able to dissect the albums and discover the illegal sampling. If the court goes along with this argument, the statute of limitations might not be a problem for the plaintiff.
TufAmerica is seeking punitive damages as well as a permanent injunction banning the Beastie Boys from selling the albums containing the songs in question.