You can now read 5 articles in a month for free on Read as much as you want anywhere and anytime for just 99¢.


Mark Wahlberg sued for sampling song way back when

Continue reading below

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.
Loading comments...
Want each day's news headlines delivered fresh to your
inbox every morning? Just connect with us
in one of the following ways:
Please enter a valid email will never post anything without asking.
Privacy Policy
Subscriber Log In

You have reached the limit of 5 free articles in a month

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week
Marketing image of
Marketing image of