The big C in Music – Copyright!

As much as DJ’s and Producers nowadays love to sample, remix and bootleg their favourite songs, one of, if not THE most important aspect of the process is to stay on the right side of the law. Copyright is one of the the most important, yet controversial factors of the music industry as it is the legally binding right that protects an artists work and ensures that the correct rights holders receive their fair share of royalties.

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Electronic dance music has been around for decades and has risen to prominence the past few years after its mainstream introduction to the USA market. Its roots lay in sampling which was made famous by Hip-hop artists in the late 1970’s and 1980’s and has paved the way for many artists to gain considerable recognition.

In spite of these advances, it is important to give credit to the correct artist or record labels when releasing new music as well as the misconception regarding remixes and bootlegs. For the record, a remix is an official remix where the artist and/or the record label has approached another artist and asked them to remix their work; whereas a bootleg is an unofficial remix and should be labelled accordingly as I have done below with W&W’s track “Thunder”.

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