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Do you think Sampling music and using interpolations is okay, or is it effectively plagiarism?!

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Started: 5/28/2016 Category: Music
Updated: 5 months ago Status: Post Voting Period
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jamesssgreaves

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Personally I believe that Sampling and interpolating is really an artform within itself and I think it adds more flair and aptitude within the music industry. What are your thoughts???
MattVit

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While there is definitely no question that the use of sampling can to an extent enhance an otherwise mundane piece of music - it is completely superficial and shows a fundamental lack of expression and skill. Suppose I was to create a magazine. Instead of using my talent and craft to write interesting and topical articles, and hire the appropriate people to collaborate to create a masterpiece based on various aspects, the design, the structure, the content, the variety, the promotion - but instead resorted to copying other magazines' ideas and content; the magazine I would publish does not 'provide' anything, because the content it provides is already available elsewhere, out there in the world.

Moreover, I would be taking credit for something and marketing it as a creation where it is merely an assembly of other people's intellectual property. Riding off the coat-tails of others' success is dishonest, discourteous and only shows that you have a diminished ability to be creative. Do we really want to encourage artists to steal one anthers' work?

One might argue that sampling "increased flair and aptitude" in that it provides a satisfying sound when combined with the original music: HOWEVER, if an artist is only able to achieve this by diluting others' work, then their creative talent should be sincerely questioned.

Don't get me wrong; informed consent by the original creator is a different scenario. Participation of the original artists can be considered as a collaboration or a remix, as the two sets of creative talent are being used productively to go one step further and DEVELOP and existing piece of music, so long as both songs are well-credited. This is not the same as an artist unscrupulously using somebody else's talent and hoping nobody will notice.

Similarly, taking inspiration from an artist's style and adopting it is acceptable because without anyone being inspired we would have no new music at all. So long as the inspiration is not taken so far as to replicate or encroach on someone's hard work then a productive and marketised music industry can flourish, but if artists can practically plagiarize others' works by replicating samples of music then there is something conspicuously wrong with the system.

Music comes from the heart. Stealing music destroys the emotional attachment because it has not been crafted. Developing and taking an initiative from the style of music, and collaborating/remixing is re-casting that emotion, rather than trying to rob it, and so is acceptable.

Don't forget that sampling music can effectively literally steal money from the original creator. Society accepts that theft is illicit. Why therefore, is sampling seemingly permitted in broad daylight?

The answer is it is not (usually). Thankfully such things as copyright and patents exist to shield creators from lousy leaches who want to take advantage of another's idea. There have been many successful lawsuits and ongoing legal cases created because of this problem. One calls to mind Robin Schlutz, and in contemporary times, Justin Bieber who is currently being sued for sampling an eight-second clip in 'Sorry'.

Advocating sampling opens the industry up to vast criticism which can detract from the integrity of honest people trying to earn a fair living out of genuine talent and practiced ability. Sampling ruins this.
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Posted by vi_spex 6 months ago
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better to make your own music, you can post that on youtube no prob
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