|Top 5 Myths About Sampling and Copyright Law|
"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.
"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.
"Sampling is easy; there’s nothing to it. Anyone can do it well."
Sampling is an art form that requires technical skill, imagination, and artistic understanding.
"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.