Supreme Court Rejects Copyright Lawsuit Appeal

The Supreme Court

of the United States rejected an appeal involving one of 500 of lawsuits Bridgeport

Music Inc. filed against numerous record labels and publishers, for sampling George

Clinton's music without their permission.

Bridgeport Music

appealed after lower courts ruled a lawsuit against Still N the Water Publishing,

which represents recordings made by Rap-A-Lot Records, was filed in the wrong


Bridgeport claimed

songs by The Geto Boys, Big Mike, Scarface, Yukmouth and others violated their

copyrights, using portions of music Bridgeport owns by the legendary funkster.

Bridgeport is the

entity that owns the copyrights to his music and Clinton cannot stop the lawsuits

that are filed.

In the late 1990s,

Clinton sued Bridgeport Music in an attempt to regain control of some of his

much-sampled back catalogue, but failed.

Bridgeport is seeking

$150,000 for each of the 500 infringements.