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sampled music
We’ve all heard the phrase, “Steal from the best, but make it your own.”  But what exactly does this mean in copyright law?  Recording artists sample work from previous recordings, painters recreate photographs, books are adapted into film.  Much of what we see today with regards to creative works, we’ve seen or heard before in...
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(cont. from The Hollywood Lawyer blog post, “Sampling Music Part 2 of 3: How do I get permission?“) So, at this point, assuming that you now have the copyright owner (i.e., publishing company, songwriter) and/or master recording owner (i.e., record label) on the phone, it’s now time to talk money and see how much $...
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(cont. from The Hollywood Lawyer blog post, “Sampling Music Part 1 of 3: When do I need permission?“) Alright, so now you know you need to get clearance for a music sample. What’s next? You’ll need to get permission from the appropriate copyright owners: If you’ll be sampling just the song (composition – written form...
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Whether you’re producing some beats or writing a song, sometimes you may want to use a portion of someone else’s music (i.e., melody, distinguishable guitar riffs, catch percussion sounds), be it for a majority of the recording or even just a few seconds [also known as “sampling” – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sampling_(music)]. So, your first question might be, “When do I...
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