Sample Clearing

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The good people at posted an article in 2009 that contains a lot of good information for artists looking to use sampled materials in their works.

The below point is important because many hip-hop artists walk a fine line when considering whether to seek clearance for samples they have used.

Typically, most independent releases selling no more than 10,000 records, remain under the radar and never draw broad enough attention to face the legal ramifications of not clearing samples. Having low sales expectations of your project and not clearing samples is still a dangerous place to be. You could have an unexpected huge hit from that release and find yourself in a very defenseless position. The owner of one uncleared sample could have that record pulled from your project or as for an unreasonable amount of payment because they are aware that you’re in a vulnerable spot.

It may not seem important to some artists but if you plan to make a career out of music, it may be helpful to seek consultation on the subject from a person or service that had a deeper understanding of copyrights than you do as an artist

You could seek the counsel of an entertainment attorney or a clearance consultant. Some may charge by the hour to handle this for you, some have a flat rate for handling this process for you. Neither can guarantee success but it can save you time.

Now that you have the info, the choice is yours. Using a hot sample could make your career, so it has it’s potential benefits. It could also cost you a lot of up front money to clear. Money that will possibly never come back to you.

If you have questions regarding sample clearance, Evolutionary Entertainment offers sample clearance services, so feel free to contact us using the contact form.

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