Madonna and producer Robert “Shep” Pettibone successfully defended themselves against executives at VMG Sasoul who alleged that the hit single sampled a song called “Chicago Bus.” The lawsuit came about in July, following a trend of companies suing big-name stars as a result of new technology used to uncover samples.
Court Judge Beverly O’Connell ruled in favor of Madonna, stating, “Having listened to the sound recordings … the court finds that no reasonable audience would find the sampled portions qualitatively or quantitatively significant in relation to the infringing work, nor would they recognize the appropriation. The court finds that any sampling of the (composition) was minimal or trivial.”
Richard Busch, the attorney representing the defendants, responded “We are thrilled with the decision and believe it is absolutely the right result.” Other stars that have faced similar lawsuits include Jay-Z and Kanye West.
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