Record Labels, Music Publishers
In the USA Paul McCartney has taken action on a sample used without his direct permission: A writ filed in a New York court claims that EMI and record company Universal illegally allowed the hit tune “Tomorrow”, from the musical Annie – to which McCartney owns the rights – to be sampled on the rap song What Da Hook Gon Be by Murphy Lee. The lawsuit was lodged by McCartney’s company MPL Communications and Charles Strouse, composer of Annie. Lee’s record sold 500,000 copies in America alone.
For an article on the legalities of music sampling see :http://www.musicjournal.org/03thesongremainsthesame.html