Band Just Notices That Run DMC Sampled Their Song Twenty Years Ago; Files Lawsuit
from the you-can't-be-serious dept
In 1979 the band The Knack came out with their song, "My Sharona." Seven years later, in 1986, Run DMC sampled My Sharona in their hit song "It's Tricky." It turns out that someone representing The Knack just discovered this. IP Law Daily points out that The Knack is suing Run DMC for copyright infringement twenty years after the song came out (the Rolling Stone article notes, jokingly, that the law firm representing The Knack highlights how "efficient" they are on their website). Since the obvious question is on the statute of limitations, someone in the comments points out that, while there is a 3 year statute of limitation, The Knack's lawyers can claim that "each play/download/cd-sale is a new infringing violation." While it limits the damages to the last three years, it still seems a bit ridiculous.