So we’ve all heard rumours about the bad things that can happen when you sample someone else’s music. Most of them end up with musicians broke(again) and lawyers and record companies happy (and rich)
There must be an easier way to manage and negotiate agreements for using other people’s songs or samples of them, in much the way that we are able to record a cover song with little hassle.
If you are a songwriter and would like to allow other musicians and creative types to sample your music legally without giving up your rights to receiving income then check out an area of contracting called ‘copyleft’
Creative Common agreements are a type of this contract.