Flutist's Copyright Lawsuit Against the Beastie Boys Will Not Be Considered by Supreme Court

Classic Arts News   Flutist's Copyright Lawsuit Against the Beastie Boys Will Not Be Considered by Supreme Court
 
The Supreme Court will not consider a copyright-infringement case brought by jazz flutist James Newton, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Newton claims that the rap group the Beastie Boys only had partial permission to use a six-second sample from his work Choir in their song "Pass the Mic."

His contention is that although the group paid a licensing fee for the sample itself, they did not pay a fee for the use of the composition.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco had already dismissed the lawsuit, saying that the sample was not distinctive enough to count as a copyright infringement.


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