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The art of music sampling had its heyday prior to the music industry’s sharp reversal of fortune. However, rights holders are now increasingly eager to monetize the practice.


  • Chasing unauthorized samplers through the courts is one way, but EMI Production Music is choosing to give users of uncleared samples the opportunity to come clean, while also offering a spot of forgiveness for past sampling transgressions.

Features and Benefits

  • The research note assesses what is behind EMI Production Music's amnesty for music producers that have used uncleared samples in their creations
  • The note looks at what sampling is all about and what the legal implications are for not clearing the necessary rights

Key questions answered

  • Just what is music sampling and where did the practice begin?
  • Why has EMI Production Music offered an amnesty for music producers that have used uncleared samples in their creations?

Table of contents

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  • Summary
  • The rights and wrongs of music sampling
  • Amnesty for past offenders
  • Shining the light on the age-old music practice


  • Author

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