If it wasn’t sampled then I think it’s very bad form for sites to be saying it was. Like the “whosampled” website has me understand it that way.
Also MichaelL: that Amen break video is absolutely bonkers. I remember seeing it a while ago and thinking but.. but.. that break is on like 1000s of tracks AND it’s even on royalty free drum loop packs which state “our beats are 100% royalty free”, and I’m talking big companies too.
I think that one is a really, really extreme case though. I wonder what could even be done about it now.
There are two other possibilities going on with this case.
1) After Blurred Lines case, these plaintiffs feel like having a go at the wheel of fortune too.
2) After a study of several years, the US Copyright office released a report in which it recommended some sweeping changes to US copyright laws to reflect how music is written, produced and distributed today –that might have an effect on suits like this.
In other words, they may be trying to get this suit filed while they still have the opportunity.