Jay Z has been hit with a copyright lawsuit by a New York City record label, who claims the rap mogul used an unlicensed sample for his 2009 hit “Run This Town,” which features Rihanna and Kanye West.
TufAmerica filed the a copyright infringement lawsuit in Manhattan court on Wednesday (November 6), claiming Jay Z sampled "Hook & Sling", a 1969 tune by singer Eddie Bo and producer Al Scramuzza, without their permission. The company is seek monetary proceeds and wants further distribution of “Run This Town” halted.
The suit names Jay-Z, his Roc-A-Fella Records, LLC, Atlantic Recording Corp as well as a few others as defendants. This is the third time TufAmerica sued Jay-Z's Roc-A-Fella this year. The first two were apparently settled out of the court.
According to WENN, TufAmerica Inc. is described by the New York Times as a company that makes money from "buying the rights to old songs and suing artists who sample them without permission." Last year, they accused Beastie Boys of illegally featuring samples of Trouble Funk's songs in their albums, 1986's "Licensed to Ill" and 1989's "Paul's Boutique".