January 01, 2015

Madonna Doesn’t Need a License to “Vogue”

Erin E. Rhinehart

A federal court in California ruled in favor of the Material Girl, finding that her 1990 hit “Vogue” does not contain an illegal sample. VMG Salsoul, LLC v. Madonna Louise Ciccone, Case No. CV 12-05967 (C.D. Cal. 2012). Last July, VGM Salsoul, the copyright owner of a decades-old composition called “Love Break,” filed suit against Madonna and her producer, Robert “Shep” Pettibone, among others, for copyright infringement. Why the wait to file suit? VMG Salsoul argued that it was only through new technology that the “deliberately hidden” sampling was detected.

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