Free sample? Not for Kanye or Ludacris

Reuters offers coverage today of the hip-hop copyright battle that pitting a New Jersey rap group, I.O.F., against Ludacris and Kanye West.

Viz,

“Music group I.O.F. claims Christopher “Ludacris” Bridges and Grammy award winner Kanye West breached copyright laws by stealing lyrics and style from the little-known group’s song “Straight Like That,” using it for their 2003 hit single “Stand Up.”

I don’t know about you, but when rap artists start getting sued by each other, instead of rock acts claming their music was stolen by rappers, something’s up.