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    Sampling Classical Music..Is it copyright free??

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    I'll try this again... No one seemed to know the answer before..

    Why do alot of classical cds have 'unauthorised publishing' on them when most of these composers are dead? When a composer dies and the material is over 70 years old, anyone is free to sample right?? Unless the rights have been bought again..But surely everything has not been bought.

    Is the copyright on the recording of the material as opposed to the compositions??

    I want to sample this ish but do not want to be slapped in the face with a subpena!

    Someone must know the answer to this.

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    I was wondering this same exact question. you can easily get away with sampleiing chops and stabe becuase there is just SOOOOO much classical music and they all have the same essiantial sound.
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    A lot of classical music is in Public Domain which means you can perform it and/or publish it with no legal consequence--HOWEVER this only applies to the music....i.e. the song itself

    there are two copyrights to deal with....the first being for the music is cool.....the second copyright is for the recording which you can not violate.....

    Screwy i know but i'll try to simplify it......a popular song by say Mozart is in public domain and you could use it in your recording at no consequence...but if say there was a new recording of that piece and you sampled that new recording (and someone could prove it) then you would be in trouble for violating a copyright

    i know that sounds weird but that's the best i can do to explain it
    It's supposed to sound like that.

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    well That can easily be gotten around with the right effects and composition.
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    the music and recording are two seperate things.
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    FOR ONE REASON or another I vowed to not sample "MOZART" pieces or any real heavy classical pieces that are "buggedout" meaning they have off timesignatures, crazy overtures-theme and variations that make you say damn. b/c certain artist are rare to music as a whole so even if it;s dope...certain artist are either sampled too much and I LOSE THE FEELING FOR even WANTING TO SAMPLE IT (unauthorized or not)
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    Quote Originally Posted by AltheKiller
    well That can easily be gotten around with the right effects and composition.
    That doesn't mean you're not violating a copyright - it just means you're less likely to get caught.


    But, there are plenty of free recordings out there, if you know where to look. For one thing, most anything published prior to 1923 (don't quote me) has had its copyright expire & has entered the public domain. Mozart died before 1800, recording audio become fairly common in the mid-1800s, so there's plenty of stuff there, if you can find it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ameoba
    For one thing, most anything published prior to 1923 (don't quote me) has had its copyright expire & has entered the public domain. Mozart died before 1800, recording audio become fairly common in the mid-1800s, so there's plenty of stuff there, if you can find it.
    I get the feeling the sound quality of a recording from 1923 or earlier possibly isn't going to be too hot...

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    Quote Originally Posted by arkay
    I'll try this again... No one seemed to know the answer before..

    Why do alot of classical cds have 'unauthorised publishing' on them when most of these composers are dead? When a composer dies and the material is over 70 years old, anyone is free to sample right?? Unless the rights have been bought again..But surely everything has not been bought.

    Is the copyright on the recording of the material as opposed to the compositions??

    I want to sample this ish but do not want to be slapped in the face with a subpena!

    Someone must know the answer to this.
    Yes sampling classical music from the 1500's and on is copyright free.

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