There is technically no fixed time limit, and each case is determined individually. I used to think it was 3 seconds, but a professor in the music school explained this to me. Apparently intellectual property laws concerning music are really flexible, and sometimes misinterpreted even by judges, as in the 2 live crew case.i think aslong as it isnt longer than 11seconds its okay, i cant remember though
Basically, if I mangle the sample so much that its barely recognisable, I call it being creative and don't worry about it.
If you're releasing tunes with recognisable long samples though, you "need" to get them cleared.
The guys that own the rights to the amen have even been known to chase people up over that, as far as I know.
yea apperently the winstons never copyrighted the break so it free to use!actually, the original creators of the amen break are dead, and they never tried to sue anyone. Other people after them tried to copyright the AMEN, and then get royalties, but the original creators weren't dicks like that
i doubt they were gutted man, id be well proud if the only tune i ever made spawned such a massive following.yea apperently the winstons never copyrighted the break so it free to use!
bet they were gutted on that!
In most countries, you cannot create something and have it not copyrighted. There is even debate on whether you can voluntarily give up copyright by choosing to (ie "put something in the public domain")Every 12th note is complete bollocks as it would be a license to copy every single song.
The Winston's never bothered to sue for their break being sampled for their own reasons, not because 'it was never copyrighted'.