A June 18 Los Angeles trial date is set to determine if Madonna should pay for horn and string samples used on her 23-year-old dance hit “Vogue.”
The complaint for copyright infringement, filed last July in Los Angeles federal court, alleges the singer illegally lifted elements of the Salsoul Orchestra’s 1975 dance tune “Chicago Bus Stop (Ooh, I Love It)” without permission from owner VMG Salsoul LLC.
“The unauthorized sampling was deliberately hidden … within ‘Vogue’ so as to avoid detection,” the lawsuit alleges.
Plaintiff’s attorney Robert Besser contends the alleged theft surfaced thanks to advanced sound technology that only became available last year.
The plaintiff is seeking unspecified damages, plus all profits made from sales of “Vogue.”