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  • Top 5 Myths About Sampling and Copyright Law

    "Sampling is piracy."
    WRONG! Piracy describes the wholesale, verbatim copying and distribution of copyrighted works. That is not sampling; that's something entirely different.
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    "You can legally sample and use any recording up to 1, 2, 3, or 4 seconds."
    WRONG! Under existing copyright law, there is no clear, predetermined length (amount in seconds) that is “legally” permissible to sample.
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    "If you use samples on a free mixtape, it’s perfectly O.K."
    WRONG! A free mixtape does NOT permit you to use samples from copyrighted recordings without the permission of the copyright holders.
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    "Sampling is easy; there’s nothing to it. Anyone can do it well."
    WRONG! Sampling is an art form that requires technical skill, imagination, and artistic understanding.
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    "Sampling involves the use of pre-recorded songs only."
    WRONG! While the art of sampling is most commonly understood to include the use of pre-recorded songs (traditionally from vinyl records), source material for sampling includes any recorded sound or sound that can be recorded.
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  • 100 Sample-Based Beatmakers You Should Know Law

    DJ Premier • Marley Marl • The RZA • Large Professor • The Bomb Squad • Pete Rock • J Dilla • Just Blaze • Prince Paul • Buckwild • Kev Brown • Showbiz • Marco Polo • Prince Paul
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  • 100 Sample-Based Hip Hop/Rap Songs You Know

    "Memory Lane (Sittin' in Da Park)" • "They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.) • "Shook Ones (Part II)" • "Road to the Riches" • "Motherless Child" • "Just Hangin' Out" • "Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos" • "Girls, Girls, Girls" • "Time's Up" • "Stop!" • "Keep It Thoro" • "Shine So Brite" • Buckwild • Kev Brown • Showbiz • Marco Polo • "Girls, Girls, Girls"
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  • About The Art of Sampling blog
    The Art of Sampling blog is as an online music education and resource center dedicated to exploring and promoting the art of sampling, particularly as its expressed in the hip hop/rap music tradition. Here, beatmakers/producers, other musicians, hip hop/rap enthusiasts, all around music aficionados, and music and copyright scholars can find detailed information on the art of sampling and those areas of musicianship, scholarship, and business that are commonly associated with it. From compositional methods and techniques, to applied recording and mixing techniques, to the most effective DIY marketing and business practices and strategies, The Art of Sampling blog explores the art, craft, and "science" of sampling. Featuring a bevy of in-depth and detailed information in the areas of sampling instruction, history, business, criticism, and analysis, The Art of Sampling blog is not only about “how to make sample-based beats,” it’s about everything within and related to the sampling tradition and culture.

    The Art of Sampling Blog is a website dedicated to music education, research, and scholarship. All of the music (or music videos) provided on this site is (are) for the purposes of teaching, scholarship, research, and criticism only! NOTE: Under U.S. Code, Section 107 “Limitations on exclusive rights: Fair use” of the Copyright Act of1976: “Notwithstanding the provisions of sections 106 and 106A, the fair use of a copyrighted work, including such use by reproduction in copies or phonorecords or by any other means specified by that section, for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching… scholarship, or research, is not an infringement of copyright." (U.S. Code)

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