I was working the other day with a hip hop crew that bought some
beats online. One of the beats they bought was based off an obvious sample which more than likely wasn't cleared. A beat with a sample in it can create a lot of hassles for artists who want to get their music out to the public.
Some artists I've spoke to about this have the attitude that, "At the time it becomes a big deal, I'll have the money to pay everyone off".
This isn't really a good plan though for many reasons. Lawsuits inevitably always cost more than clearing something properly to begin with. It can also put your career on hold when matters are decided in court. A lot of times in this business you only get one chance. You don't want to blow it because your #1 hit is tied up in a legal battle for several years. By the time matters are settled, everyone will have moved on to the next artist and you will be long forgotten.
This is of course if your song can even get out there. When manufacturing CD's most CD manufacturers check the disc for any uncleared samples and will want the paper work to make sure everything is legitimate. Radio stations are generally unwilling to play any songs with uncleared samples without documentation too. The risk involved in lawsuits isn't worth it for these companies and trying to sneak it by them will not put you in their good books!
The reason I'm writing about this is to help save you time, money and aggravation. When buying beats off of producers make sure that they have cleared any samples used. This actually goes for obvious samples from classic songs but also applies to drum loops or sounds (string, piano, bass or otherwise) used from a sample library.
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