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TufAmerica Brings Infringement Suit Against Jay-Z..Again


Nick Guarino, Arther Law’s Industry Insider Blog


TufAmerica has once again come forth against a major hip hop mogul, this time alleging copyright infringement for the unlicensed use of their track “Hook & Sling Part 1.”

The lawsuit was brought against Jay-Z, Warner Bros. Music and Roc-A-Fella Records for illegally using the song in Jay-Z’s song “Run This Town.” The song, also featuring Kanye West and Rihanna, was a major hit single in the United States. Read More…

The Gridiron: Retired NFL Players Vow to Keep Pressing Ahead in Spite of Settlement


Nicholas Guarino. Arther Law’s Industry Insider


Retired NFL players unsatisfied with the NFL’s recent settlement for violations of likeness and publicity rights are fighting a request by the League for an extended injunction against the players’ independent lawsuits. Read More…

Getting Tuf’: Label Sues Legendary Rap Act for Copyright Infringement

By Nicholas Guarino, Arther Law’s Industry Insider


On May 3rd, the day before Beastie Boys member Adam Yauch lost his battle with cancer, R&B label TufAmerica brought suit against the band for copyright infringement of tracks sampled on the Beastie Boys’ albums License to Ill and Paul’s Boutique. TufAmerica owns the rights to musical tracks by the band Trouble Funk, and alleged that the songs, “Hold It Now Hit It” and “The New Style,” both sampled Trouble Funk’s “Drop the Bomb,” while the song “Shadrack” sampled bits of Trouble Funk’s “Say What.”

In a recent ruling, District Court Judge Alison Nathan allowed further testing of “Drop the Bomb” and “Say What” and dismissed claims made by TufAmerica on four other songs. Read More…

NFL Settles Concussion Litigation Battle



Nicholas Guarino, Arther Law’s Industry Insider

Exactly a week before the start of the 2013 season, the National Football League has settled a claim with over 4,500 retired players for nearly a billion dollars. The ex-players and their families brought the claim against the NFL for concealing harmful information regarding the long-term effects of concussions on the brain. The League agreed to settle the suit for a total of $765 million dollars, to be divided amongst the ex-players or their families. The amount will be used to provide medical benefits, injury compensation, and to fund medical research.

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