Decades-long Kraftwerk sampling case heads back to EU top court

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An decades-old legal dispute between German electropop pioneers Kraftwerk and music producer Moses Pelham over alleged plagiarism is being sent back to Europe’s top court by German judges, who said they were still unable to reach a final decision. Germany’s highest court on Thursday suspended its proceedings in the case, which has been going on for over 20 years. In order to make a final ruling, the court said it wants the European Court of Justice (ECJ) to clarify its definition of the term “pastiche.” Pelham had used a slightly slowed-down version of a drum sequence from the 1977 Kraftwerk s…

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