So no, you possibly can’t legally sample something (no matter what the size) unless you’ve cleared that pattern with both the owner of the song and the proprietor of the sound recording. Well, the writer is apt to need an advance (think of it like a clearance charge) which can run you wherever from a couple of hundred to several thousand dollars or extra, PLUS a proportion of all revenue generated by the music. I’ve seen this listed on some music regulation websites as anywhere from 15% to 50%, relying on how prominently the sample is featured in the new music.
An exception to the 1976 Copyright Act’s basic abolition of frequent law copyright. June M. Besek, “Copyright Issues Relevant to Digital Preservation and Dissemination of Pre-1972 Commercial Sound Recordings by Libraries and Archives”, CLIR Reports, December 2005.
Either means, a fair reading is that an writer could select to … Read More