After nearly two decades in a copyright battle in Germany, Kraftwerk have lost their legal dispute over a two-second drum sample. The group's Ralf Hütter claimed that hip-hop producer Moses Pelham had infringed Kraftwerk's intellectual property rights by sampling their 'Metall auf Metall' on his beat for Sabrina Setlur's 1997 song 'Nur Mir.' Pelham's defense attorney, Udo Kornmeier, appealed the case to the highest court in Germany, where the new ruling gives artists greater freedom to sample small segments of copyrighted music, while acknowledging "the essential place that the practice of sampling has in the hip-hop genre," according to AFP. Which is huge.

Meaning: the courts ruled that sampling is allowed, as long as the new work does not directly compete with the sampled work and does not financially harm the patent holders.