The Beastie Boys Beat Lawsuit Over 'Paul's Boutique' Sampling

The Beastie Boys have finally dispensed with a lawsuit that claimed the group included unauthorized samples on the 1989 album, "Paul's Boutique," in violation of copyright law. The legal action was filed by TufAmerica in May 2012, one day before Beasties member Adam Yauch died. On Tuesday, U.S District Judge Alison Nathan granted the Beasties summary judgment. She did so not because the samples were fleeting or because the critically-acclaimed "Paul's Boutique" represented a transformative use of copyright material, but rather for another significant reason: TufAmerica never acquired an exclusive license to the copyrighted material.