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Sampling and Copyrights...

Sampling and Copyrights...
« on: June 27, 2019, 12:51:15 PM »
Hello everyone. My first post here. Just bought my PX about 4 weeks ago.
What is the general rule on uploading samples to the forum? For instance, if I sample my Moog, or Roli Seaboard (Equator), and upload it here for the forum, is it a violation of copyrights for the respective companies?
I have alot to contribute, but certainly don't want any legal issues...
Thanks!

Re: Sampling and Copyrights...
« Reply #1 on: June 27, 2019, 02:54:20 PM »
Hello everyone. My first post here. Just bought my PX about 4 weeks ago.
What is the general rule on uploading samples to the forum? For instance, if I sample my Moog, or Roli Seaboard (Equator), and upload it here for the forum, is it a violation of copyrights for the respective companies?
I have alot to contribute, but certainly don't want any legal issues...
Thanks!

Unfortunately, nobody can give you iron-clad advice that guarantees you wonít be hassled over a perceived violation.  Someone can decide to sue you because they donít like the color of your shoes, theyíre just not likely to win on the merits of that particular case.  So it all comes down to risk assessment on your part...

Take the time to read and understand the terms under which a given instrument is licensed.  Generally speaking, using a sampled instrument to produce a sample library is likely to violate the spirit and language of the license.  After all, they donít want you re-selling their samples and cutting them out.  Even Mellotron tapes are copyrighted recordings in their own right, so replicating them is sketchy territory with some attached legal risk.

Sampling an acoustic instrument or analog synth is generally fair game, because there no way to assert a copyright on the sound it produces when it is utterly variable without a protected underlying recording.  The raw square / triangle / sawtooth waves may be produced by patented means, but their raw output almost certainly doesnít constitute a performance covered by copyright law.  You may still want to ensure that youíre not using someone elseís trademark for commercial purposes, however, so the name of the instrument can be tricky.

Wavetables are an interesting middle ground where Iím not aware of specific precedent.  Again, reading the licensing terms that the instrument ships with is probably your best bet.

Disclaimer: I am not a lawyer and this does not constitute legal advice.  I simply do my best to stay informed and respect the works of other creative professionals.

Re: Sampling and Copyrights...
« Reply #2 on: June 28, 2019, 07:50:13 AM »
As long as you donít sample a Gibson guitar I think youíll be fine. ;)
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Re: Sampling and Copyrights...
« Reply #3 on: June 28, 2019, 08:03:55 AM »
As long as you donít sample a Gibson guitar I think youíll be fine. ;)
HA!
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Re: Sampling and Copyrights...
« Reply #4 on: June 28, 2019, 08:05:12 AM »
 ;D

Re: Sampling and Copyrights...
« Reply #5 on: June 28, 2019, 05:09:25 PM »
Thanks for the advice. Great to be a part of this group!