Timbaland also says that the sample is "from a video game" and mentions the Commodore 64. He also says that he has no time for research and that it is sometimes impossible to "know what's public domain and what's not". Timbaland also calls the issue "ridiculous" but mentions that he is "in legal discussions" and therefore was not able to say much about it. He did, however, call Janne Suni an "idiot" and a "freakin' jerk" on the show. He consistently talked about the incident as sampling, failing to address the claims with regards to the melody.
On February 9, 2007, Timbaland commented on the issue as follows in an MTV interview:
It makes me laugh. The part I don't understand, the dude is trying to act like I went to his house and took it from his computer. I don't know him from a can of paint. I'm 15 years deep. That's how you attack a king? You attack moi? Come on, man. You got to come correct. You the laughing stock. People are like, 'You can't be serious.'"[
If we're contributing stuff where other places plagiarise from games, then I think Alice Nine's Arc takes from Lufia 2's boss theme. I don't know if it's meant to be an intentional tribute or something instead, though
Why does every mainstream artist have tiny pee-pee syndrome? Seriously...
Because mainstream artists are professional professionals. Their job is to produce art that appeals to the masses; the value of their craft is operationalized purely by the numbers it can move. The artists status is determined by this. If their status is attacked, the music itself may be left, but it never was intended to stand on its own. The rationale that proves their personal worth exists in the recognition of their talent (by quantitative means), not by personal appreciation of the art. Questioning their status as succesful producers questions their status as succesful human beings - it's pretty much Calvinism at work.