Madonna Says 'Vogue' Chord Can't Be Copyrighted

Law360, Los Angeles (August 26, 2013, 10:52 PM EDT) -- Madonna and record producer Shep Pettibone on Monday urged a California federal judge to toss a copyright suit over their 1990 hit “Vogue,” saying a single horn chord that they allegedly sampled from the Salsoul Orchestra's 1975 song “Chicago Bus Stop” was not copyrightable.

Pettibone's attorney Richard Busch of King & Ballow said the “horn bit” — which was also allegedly included in an instrumental version of “Chicago Bus Stop” entitled “Love Break” — did not merit copyright protection because, among other things, it lacked originality...
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