Usher, Run D.M.C., Mark Wahlberg sued over samples

Usher, Run D.M.C., Mark Wahlberg sued over samples

LAWSUIT: Usher is among the artists being sued for allegedly using a sample without permission. Photo: Associated Press

Usher, Mark Wahlberg and the existing members of rap trio RUN-D.M.C. are facing a copyright infringement lawsuit for allegedly using samples from a 1960s R&B hit without permission.

Bosses at Twilight Records and Syl-Zel Music claim the performers and several other musicians have illegally used segments from Syl Johnson’s 1967 tune “Different Strokes”, and they’ve filed a lawsuit in a U.S. District Court in Illinois.

The suit also names several record labels including Sony Music Entertainment and Universal Music Group.

The complaint seeks accounting, along with a permanent restraint against sampling the song, and unspecified damages.

This isn’t the first time Johnson has sued for copyright infringement – in 2011, he filed a lawsuit against Kanye West and Jay Z, for improperly sampling the song on their album, “Watch the Throne.” That suit was later settled.

News from


1 hour ago in News

BlueCross BlueShield splits from Vanderbilt Medical Center

Affected customers will need to change doctors or pay higher, out-of-network rates to stay with their existing treatment plans.


today in Lifestyle, News

New website provides interactive map of Christmas lights lets you share your holiday decorations with community.


today in Crime, News

Man killed in Clarksville shooting

Victim died en route to hospital.


today in News

Clarksville police looking for runaway teen

16-year-old Christian Stehle ran away from his home on Nov. 24.

EMS Station #21 (5)

yesterday in News

EMS Station 21 shows off remodeling

Montgomery County Emergency Medial Service unveils renovated EMS Station 21 on Peachers Mill Road.