Usher, Public Enemy Sued Over 'Different Strokes' Samples

Law360, New York (October 2, 2013, 3:26 PM EDT) -- A record label and the singer behind the hit "Different Strokes" sued Usher, Mark Wahlberg, Public Enemy, Run-DMC, dozens of other artists and hip-hop groups, and several record companies on Tuesday, accusing them of copyright infringement by sampling the song without approval.

In Illinois federal court, Twilight Records Inc. and 77-year-old soul singer Syl Johnson, who produced and sang the 1967 hit, accused 40 musicians, their record labels — including Def Jam Recordings, Motown Records and Epic Records — Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group and...
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