In case you didn't know, Jay Z was sued last year over his track 'Run This Town', also featuring Kanye West and Rihanna, which contains the vocal sample "oh" repeated a number of times throughout the track. The lawsuit was filed by TufAmerica Inc. (what a rubbish name) on behalf of jazz pianist and singer Eddie Bo, from whose track 'Hook & Sling' the sample was lifted.

Yesterday, however, the case was thrown out. New York federal judge Lewis Caplan had this to say about his decision:

"The word 'oh' is a single and commonplace word. Standing alone, it likely is not deserving of copyright protection... As this motion may be resolved on other grounds, however, the Court need not decide whether the word 'oh,' as it appears in the Composition, is protectible. Were the Court to find 'oh' quantitatively significant to 'Hook & Sling Part I' or to Eddie Bo's performance thereof, it in effect would read the quantitative significance element out of the substantial similarity test. This the Court will not do."

Well, there you go. Done and dusted. Using art to create more art is a good thing, it can only be a good thing; it furthers art, creates a new type of art that is a clear patchwork of previous art. Plus it makes people go, What is that sample? Then they look for the song and discover something new (even though it's old, it's still new if you ain't ever heard it). Besides, what is music today but a culmination of humanity's past efforts in the field?

Here's 'Hook & Sling' for your aural pleasure. Listen below. Great groove, great voice, great song. Never heard it before just now.

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