Article: SAMPLING & NEW INDIE DANCE LABELS
Articles / September 2002

Click here to download this article as a PDF file (.pdf) “Sampling and New Independent Dance Labels: The Importance of Understanding Copyright Law” by Jenna Bruce Music Industry Law Correspondent Long Buckby, Northamptonshire, UK September, 2002 This article considers whether those founding and operating new independent record labels specialising in ‘dance music’ genres have sufficient knowledge of legal issues relating to copyright law, and in particular, the sampling of music. With the rapid technological advances of recent times, the accompanying issue of how much is actually known about relevant copyright law has tended to be somewhat overlooked. Consequently, many dance music record companies have had to subsequently overcome legal difficulties relating to sampling. Samples can generate considerable income for the original copyright owners, and for those who ignore clearance procedures, the issue of brevity often affords no legal protection against infringement proceedings. (N.B.: The context of this article relates solely to UK Copyright Law and is based on interviews with a number of UK music industry professionals.)   Copyright in the UK Great Britain was the first country in the world to establish a formal copyright law (Statute of Anne, 1709). Generally speaking, copyright law serves the fundamental purpose of…