Timbaland Settles 'Spazz' Lawsuit For Undisclosed Amount
Super producer Timbaland has reached a settlement in a copyright infringement claim regarding the song “Throw It On Me,” from his Shock Value album.
Timbaland settled with composer David Cortopassi, the original writer of the song “Spazz,” which was originally recorded by The Elastik Band.
The track, which was originally released through ATCO/Atlantic in 1967, had become a cult classic after being banned and labeled one of the most “tasteless” records ever made.
The song became so popular it was re-released in 1998 on a Rhino Records box set titled Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era 1965-1968.
Timbaland then sampled “Spazz” for his song “Throw It On Me,” which featured Randy Fitzsimmons of The Hives and rapper Attitude.
“Throw It On Me” sold well commercially, moving over 1 million copies, in addition to being featured in a commercial for Verizon’s Voyager phone.
Terms of the settlement were not disclosed.