All you need to know about Sampling, Copyright and Clearing Samples

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Sean Giovanni

All you need to know about Sampling, Copyright and Clearing Samples

Sampling and Copyrighting is a serious business that needs to be handled carefully these days. To use someone’s recording work without permission can result in disaster today and clearance of samples has become critical.  Her are some tips on all you need to know about Sampling, Copyright and Clearing Samples

If you want to use the sampled music of someone, you require the permission of the owner and this is called as Sample clearance. Sample clearance can be tough and expensive but it is extremely important. It is of two types. First is the clearance from the copyright owner of the music and second one is the company who is the copyright owner of master tapes. In order to avoid the copyright infringement issues, we need to make sure of these permissions from the authorized people.

All you need to know about Sampling, Copyright and Clearing SamplesBoth types of owners are generally the musicians, publishers and the label companies. Hence the first task of clearance to trace the owners of the music and start getting the legal permissions. When you search for the copyrighters, you can take the help of the organizations like BMI (Business Music Incorporated) and ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers). These organizations generally are responsible for the performing rights and hence their database contains the indexing for the song.

Once you find the publishers and the record companies, you need to get their permission by paying appropriate price for their work. There can be negotiation as per the norms and there are clearance consultant and attorneys for your help too. If you want to use a great sample, make sure you follow the process.

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