legality of sampling

Paracho ([email protected])
Mon, 6 Jul 1998 13:23:29 -0700 (PDT)

Someone asked if it's legal to sample lyrics and music in
their own music. The answer is yes, but with a few
conditions. If you're going to perform it in public, you
must have permission from the band. Chances are you won't
be signing with a huge record company (I may be wrong.
Who knows?) and if you perform it in smaller venues (like
bars and clubs) you should be fine. U2 has sampled many
other people's songs on stage (Sympathy for the Devil,
Gloria...) so you should be able to get by with
acknowledging the fact that it was written by them. Am I
making sense? If you release an independent demo, you
should say something on the track listing like, "contains
sampling from "Zoo Station", music by U2, Lyrics by Bono
and The Edge. Copyright 1991 Island / Polygram Records.
All rights reserved. Used without permission." Chances
are they aren't going to take you to court. Hope I was
able to help.

- Paracho

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