Cypress Hill, Apple Sued Over Sample On Classic Track

(AllHipHop News) For the second time in less than a week, Hollywood, California-based company Drive-In Music has sued a popular Hip-Hop group for illegally using a portion of a copyright the company owns. On September 10th, Drive-In filed a lawsuit against veteran Hip-Hop group Cypress Hill, and Apple, in the Central District Court of California. Drive-In claiming the company sampled a portion of the song “Come on In” by rock group The Music Machine, without the proper permission. “How I Could Just Kill a Man” was released in 1991 on Cypress Hill’s self-titled debut album.According to the lawsuit, Drive-In wasn’t aware that Cypress Hill used a portion of “Come On In” and initiated the lawsuit, because copies of the song are still be sold on iTunes. Just last week, Drive-In filed a lawsuit against the now-defunct Hip-Hop group, Leaders of the New School, which featured Busta Rhymes, Charlie Brown, Dinco D. and DJ Kut Monitor Milo. In that lawsuit, Drive-In claimed that they were also unaware Busta Rhymes and company used a portion of a song they own titled “Let A Woman Be A Woman, Let A Man Be A Man,” by Dyke And The Blazers.Like the Leaders of the New School lawsuit, Drive-In claimed in the latest lawsuit, that they were unaware Cypress Hill sampled a portion of the songs.Drive-In claims that the groups continue to profit illegally, by selling digital copies of the songs in question. As with the Future Without A Past, Drive-In is seeking an injunction to halt any further sales of Cypress Hill’s debut album, in addition to damages, and the impoundment of any existing copies.

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