US court upholds decision on Madonna copyright claim

US court upholds decision on Madonna copyright claim

One of the highest appeal courts in the US has upheld a copyright ruling on Madonna's 1990 hit Vogue. The legal action had been filed by VMG Salsoul, the copyright owner of a 1976 composition called Love Break, who claimed new technology had found the "deliberately hidden" sampling by Madonna and producer Robert "Shep" Pettibone.

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One of the highest appeal courts in the US has upheld a copyright ruling on Madonna’s 1990 hit Vogue.

The legal action had been filed by VMG Salsoul, the copyright owner of a 1976 composition called Love Break, who claimed new technology had found the “deliberately hidden” sampling by Madonna and producer Robert “Shep” Pettibone.

The alleged infringement involved a 0.23 second horn segment.

In 2013, a District Court judge in California ruled the sampling was “trivial,” and could not be recognised.

Now, the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld the ruling, stating that a general audience would not recognise the brief snippet in Vogue as originating from Love Break.