MUSIC SAMPLING: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Ever heard a new song (on radio or any music streaming platform) and something about that song sounds familiar? May not necessarily be a cover of an old song, but perhaps it used a well-known bass line, kick pattern or even repackaged into a new arrangement – much like how Olamide did with his “Anifowoshe” song, originally written by K1 The Ultimate. Even though it might be subtle or unnoticed, so long as there is a traceable semblance, it is called SAMPLING.
Music Sampling is simply the act/art of reusing specific portion(s) of a sound recording in another recording. These may include; melodies, lyrics, instrumentals / beats or rhythm. It is the process of incorporating a portion from a previously recorded song into a brand new song.
If adequate permission or clearance isn’t granted before use, the act of sampling can subject a creator to potential liability for copyright infringement; hence, it is advised that adequate approval or permission is sought before us. There are two(2) major types of clearance/permission. These are;
- Clearance from the copyright owner of the Song (from Music Publisher)
- Clearance from copyright owner of the Sound Recording (from Record Company)
The positives that go with music sampling can not go unnoticed. Among which are; the flexibility it offers musicians when making music, it encourages innovations as well as generating interest in the original content. Our take is this; the positive features accompanying the creative aspect of sampling outweigh any negative repercussions, as long as copyright infringement can be avoided.
Watch this space for more enlightenment on Music Sampling…