I really can’t comprehend the fact why some of these major Record Labels to their business/Marketing Managers, Publishers and their lawyers do when they can’t advice their clients(Recording and Performing artists) in respect to the Copyright Law while Sampling.I’d rather see an indie artist have these tussles(which by the way I wouldn’t entertain) but for an artist and label of such statue, am left to wonder, are they all fools or are they acting fools??!
The legal tussle as far as the producer, artist or songwriter should be concerned, arises from using another artist’s original Master recordings without prior permission, hence copyright infringement.
The Hip-hop record label founded by brothers Bryan “Birdman” Williams and Ronald “Slim” Williams has seen itself in some legal push-ups in regards to some copyright related issues, specifically in Ownership rights and sampling.
Cash Money Records is in deep trouble in regards to some copyright infringement lately.First it was a dejected Record Producer who had made a track for the label and this time around it was a 70s band that claims ownership to the ‘said’ sample.
http://TMZ.com reports that Robert Poindexter of the ‘70s band The Persuaders claims Cash Money sampled his band’s song “Love Gotta Pack Up (and Walk Out)” for Bow Wow’s 2010 track “Still Ballin.”
The suit says that neither Cash Money nor Bow Wow obtained permission to use the 1972 song, which topped the charts globally.
Poindexter claims he reached out to Cash Money, and that the label redirected him to Bow Wow’s attorneys, who in turn pointed him towards Cash Money.
Poindexter is seeking $600,000 in punitive damages, plus interest.
Poindexter previously sued 50 Cent over the use of the same song, and Kanye West’s use of another on a 2006 mixtape.
I hope they get to learn from this.No artist has the right to do what he/she wants when it comes to Copyright of musical works and more especially when it comes to Sampling!