So-Called Sample Troll Sues Jay Z, Alleging “Run This Town” Infringes Copyright
By Emma Winer – Edited by Ashish Bakshi
TufAmerica, Inc. v. WB Music Corp.
TufAmerica filed a complaint accusing Jay Z of infringing the company’s copyright in the song “Hook & Sling Part 1.” According to the complaint, Jay Z allegedly used a “sample” of “Hook and Sling Part 1” in his hit song “Run This Town” without proper authorization. TufAmerica has filed a number of similar lawsuits against artists such as the Beastie Boys and Kanye West for sampling songs from catalogs that the company had purchased.