Michael Henderson is no stranger to having his music sampled.
The bassist, who toured with Stevie Wonder and recorded with Miles Davis during his electric years, has had clips of his music used in songs by Jay-Z, Eminem, Notorious B.I.G., and more. He also knows, however, when his music is being used without his permission.
Henderson has filed a lawsuit against rappers Snoop Dogg, MC Eiht, Goldie Lo, Kam, Doggy Style Records, and Universal Music for incorporating samples of his music into their songs without permission. According to the file, Snoop Dogg and company illegally sampled “Riding,” from Henderson’s 1979 album, Do It All. The group used the samples in their songs “Flashbacks,” and “Hands on the Wheel,” which were both available to for stream, download and purchase.
The veteran bassist is suing for copyright infringement, unfair competition, and unjust enrichment, and is seeking unspecified damages in a trial by jury.