Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Akon, Swizz Beatz Named In Copyright Lawsuit

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Bone Thugs-n-Harmony preform at Club Nokia in Los Angeles (June 2009). Photo: Globex Corp

Texas-based Songster, a music publishing company, filed suit against the rap group Bone Thug-n-Harmony in California on Tuesday (July 14) for what it says is the unapproved sampling by the group in their 2007 album Strength & Loyalty of the song ‘When The Day Will Come’ which was recorded by the band Rasa in 1978.

Songster alleges that they voiced their concerns about the song, titled ‘I Tried,’ which was produced by Swizz Beatz and featured singer Akon (the two are also named as defendants in the lawsuit), to the group before the album hit store shelves but the project moved forward anyway.

According to Songster, a number of other rap artists have sampled the song in the past, including Black Rob, Common and KRS-One, and all sort clearance from the company before doing so.

Songster is asking the court to stop all sales of the album and to be awarded all the profits from the sales of the ‘I Tried’ record.

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