On this day in Hip-Hop history, Biz Markie was successfully sued for copyright infringement.
On this day in 1991, Biz Markie was successfully sued by singer-songwriter Gilbert O'Sullivan for copyright infringement. O'Sullivan filed suit charging that the song "Alone Again" by Biz Markie contained an unauthorized 20-second sample from his own song "Alone Again (Naturally)."
The court's ruled that unlicensed sampling qualified as copyright infringement. This forever changed the precedents and standards for hip-hop sampling.
Biz Markie was ordered to pay $250,000 in damages and his label was ordered to discontinue all sales of the single. Biz would address the lawsuit on his subsequent album in 1993 titled All Samples Cleared!
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