Mark Wahlberg sued for sampling song way back when


Mark Wahlberg is among a slew of artists being sued for sampling a song without authorization. reports that the actor formerly known as Marky Mark is named in a suit filed in Illinois this week by Sylvester Thompson — a.k.a. Syl Johnson — whose 1967 song “Different Strokes” has been sampled numerous times. Others named in the suit include Usher, Run-D.M.C., and Public Enemy. Wahlberg, whose brother Donnie is also a defendant, sampled the tune in “The Last Song on Side B.” The complaint seeks to prohibit future samples of the song, and unspecified damages.

Mark Shanahan can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @MarkAShanahan. Meredith Goldstein can be reached at Follow her on Twitter @MeredithGoldste.
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