COPYRIGHT
Record Labels, Artists

It is understood at the time of writing that the US Court of Appeals Sixth Circuit is to review its decision. This three judge panel held that whilst a de-minimis test (substantial use) might apply to the use of a song (the musical and lyrical copyrights) the use of any part of a sound recording without permission would be an infringement of copyright. The original appeal judgment can be found at:

http://fsnews.findlaw.com/cases/6th/04a0297p.html