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"Is it Because I'm Sampling?"
Highest Court N.D. Illinois
Year Ended 2008
Plaintiffs Johnson, Syl
Jones, Jimmy
Songwriter(s)
Defendants Bertelsman Music Group (BMG)
Cypress Hill
MCA Music
Music Producer(s)
Music Publisher(s)
Sony BMG Music
Sony Music
Universal Music
Universal-MCA Music
Other No Other parties on file
Short Description Plaintiffs are the original writers of the 1969 song, "Is it Because I'm Black?" performed by Syl Johnson, here suing the band Cypress Hill for unlicensed use of the song as background track during a musical interlude on their album. Plaintiff Johnson's action was dismissed for lack of copyright registration, bu his co-writers' (including Jimmy Jones) motions were granted and not barred by laches. - [This entry is not yet complete or has not been edited/checked.]

Legal Issues
Copyrights Infringement Sampling & Distribution/Dissemination
  Ownership Registration & Formalities


Opinions Johnson v. Cypress Hill
2008 WL 4878921
N.D. Illinois , July 07, 2008 ( Nos. 03 C 9452, 06 C 3348 )


Johnson v. Cypress Hill
619 F.Supp.2d 537 / 2008 WL 2540811
N.D. Illinois , April 28, 2008 ( Nos. 03 C 9452, 06 C 3348 )


Watts v. Cypress Hill
86 U.S.P.Q.2d 1054 / 2008 WL 697356
N.D. Illinois , March 12, 2008 ( No. 06 C 3348 )


Johnson v. Cypress Hill
2006 WL 2088190
N.D. Illinois , July 20, 2006 ( No. 03 C 9452 )


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Related Searches Parties
Bertelsman Music Group (BMG) ( Defendant )
Cypress Hill ( Defendant )
Johnson, Syl ( Plaintiff )
Jones, Jimmy ( Plaintiff )
MCA Music ( Defendant )
Music Producer(s) ( Defendant )
Music Publisher(s) ( Defendant )
Songwriter(s) ( Plaintiff )
Sony BMG Music ( Defendant )
Sony Music ( Defendant )
Universal Music ( Defendant )
Universal-MCA Music ( Defendant )

Legal Issues
Copyrights / Infringement / Sampling & Distribution/Dissemination
Copyrights / Ownership / Registration & Formalities

Courts
N.D. Illinois (highest court)


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