Sampled Voices Seek Compensation From Enigma

Kuo Ying-Nan, 79, and Kuo Hsin-Chu, 78, allege that their recording "Jubilant Drinking Song" spawned the hook to the 1994 hit "Return To Innocence," by the techno-pop group Enigma. The elderly Taiwanese couple filed a suit seeking royalties and damages against Enigma frontman Michael Cretu, the Capitol-EMI label that released "Return To Innocence" and the International Olympic Committee, which used the song as the theme to the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta, Ga. The suit, originally filed Dec. 27, 1997 in U.S. District Court in California's Central District, states that Cretu sampled parts of "Jubilant Drinking Song" from a French re-release of the Chinese recording and has been unresponsive to the couple's efforts to collect royalties.