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Madonna Hit With Lawsuit Over 'Vogue' Sample

Delaware company claims pop star stole portions of their late Seventies song

July 13, 2012 10:05 AM ET
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Madonna performs during the MDNA tour at Ullevi in Gothenburg, Sweden on July 4th, 2012.
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A Delaware company has hit Madonna and her label WB Records with a lawsuit claiming the pop star stole portions of one of their songs for her hit 1990 hit "Vogue," reports E!. Pointing to a song called "Love Break," released around 1977, VMG claims, "The portions of 'Love Break,' which have been copied into 'Vogue' and all its various 'mixes,' 'remixes,' videos, YouTube versions, etc., are numerous but intentionally hidden. The horn and strings in 'Vogue' are intentionally sampled from 'Love Break' throughout."

The company also says music producer Richard "Shep" Pettibone facilitated the process by altering the samples after he was originally hired by VMG to remix "Love Break," later working on "Vogue." "The unauthorized sampling was deliberately hidden by [Madonna] within 'Vogue' so as to avoid detection. It was only when VMG specifically looked for the sample, with the technology available to it in 2011, that the sampling could be confirmed," VMG said.

VMG claims they served WB Records with a copyright infringement notice in July 2011 and February 2012 and are seeking damages on top of "[Madonna's] profits that are attributable to the copyrighted material." Representatives for Madonna have yet to comment.

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