A lawsuit claiming that Madonna and producer Robert “Shep” Pettibone illegally sampled a tune on her 1990 international hit, “Vogue,” finally concluded. The lawsuit was filed in July by VMG Salsoul, the copyright owner of a 1976 composition called “Love Break,” in which it was alleged that through new technology the sampling that had been “deliberately hidden” was, in fact, detected. However, the judge found in the pop icon’s favor, asserting that “no reasonable audience” would find the sampled portions of a 1976 composition significant “nor would they recognize the appropriation.”
The link provided below includes the article and full opinion. Unauthorized sampling has plagued the music industry for years now, do you agree with the judge in this instance?