Moby Sued by Disco Label Salsoul Records Over 22-Year-Old Song Samples


Famed disco imprint Salsoul Records has accused Moby of copyright infringement in a lawsuit filed in California. The label known for releasing classic music by Loleatta Holloway, Claudja Barry and Jocelyn Brown in its heyday alleges that Moby used samples of First Choice’s “Let No Man Put Asunder” from First Choice in two songs, “Next is the E” and “Thousand.” According to The Hollywood Reporter, Moby, Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Warner Music Group and Knitting Factory Records have all been named in the lawsuit. Salsoul is seeking damages of up to $150,000 for each allegedly willful infringement plus profits and attorneys’ fees. Moby has not commented publicly about the label’s claim. In related news, Salsoul recently lost a lawsuit against Madonna, alleging her smash single “Vogue” samples a composition called “Love Break” released by the label in 1976. Looks like Salsoul likes to keep their lawyers busy.

Yehouda Silverman

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