Madonna, Producer Say 'Vogue' Copyright Suit Dooms Itself

Law360, New York (October 10, 2012, 7:17 PM EDT) -- Madonna and a former musical collaborator told a California federal judge Tuesday that record company VMG Salsoul LLC had doomed its own copyright infringement lawsuit against them by admitting that allegedly stolen song samples in her 1990 hit “Vogue” were barely audible.

VMG sued Madonna, co-composer Shep Pettibone and WB Music Corp. in July, claiming portions of the label's 1977 disco song "Love Break" were secretly copied into “Vogue.” The complaint claimed Pettibone “disguised” the copying and that the company detected it only when new technology...
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