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How to Obtain Permission to Use Samples Is It Necessary?

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The Hip Hop National Radio Conference Call & Feedback Line will be discussing: How to Obtain Permission to Use Samples Is It Necessary?
 

1. If you use samples in your commercially released music, you should get legal permission. The process of getting permission from the owners of the sampled music is referred to as "sample clearance." Failure to get the proper permission could lead to serious consequences: lawsuits or the inability to distribute your music to the public.


Technically a sample is any piece of sound. A snare drum , a Violin, a helicopter, a Train horn or any and every other sound that one can imagine. These are all samples. Today's Producers often take bits and pieces of various sounds often including a song of the past to construct a new tune. Some will argue that Sampling probably derived James Brown and George Clinton. Some say it begin in the early years hip-hop, When DJ's would take an 808 drum beat, mix it in over track then have the Artist rap over it.
 

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1. Reference: http://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/permission-sampled-music-sample-clearance-30165.html

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