“Digital sampling technology allows an artist to copy a portion of a recorded sound or series of sounds and incorporate the fragme nt into a new work.2 While only 8 of the top 100 albums contained sampling 10 years ago, almost a third of the current Billboard 100 albums use sampling as an artistic tool. 3 Whereas many rock and pop artists have used the technology to save the time and cost needed to hire a live band, hip- hop, dance and experimental artists have chosen the sampler as their primary instrument. For example, Tone Loc’s rap hit “Wild Thing” is based on the guitar riff from Van Halen’s “Jamie’s Crying,” and the Beastie Boys’ 1989 Paul’s Boutique is a rap album with beats composed of hundreds of samples including an Isley Brothers guitar solo, the reggae standard “Stop That Train,” The Beatles’ guitar solo from “The End”, Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues,” and radio advertisements.4 As rap producer Daddy-O says, sampling “is something you put together out of bits and pieces other people have done. Once you have the complete product, you have a completely different picture.”5”
Lindenbaum, John. MUSIC SAMPLING AND COPYRIGHT LAW . Princeton Township, NJ: Princeton University – CACPS UNDERGRADUATE THESIS, 1999. Print.
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