Newton v. Diamond
The Beastie Boys in Japan in 1992.
Photo: Masao Nakagami.
This case involves a dispute between James Newton, a jazz flutist, and The Beastie Boys. The case involved the practice known as "sampling", where parts of one song are taken and used in a new song. For an interesting look at the growth of sampling over the years, The History of Sampling (requires java) shows which present-day songs have sampled from other songs over the last fifty years.
The Beastie Boys' Adam Yauch ("MCA") died in 2012.