As any Hip-Hop lover is aware, sampling is a huge part of hip-hop production and has been this way since many of us can remember. Many producers and artists love the soulful sound that sampling creates. Additionally, to some, sampling has become a way to pay homage to art that was created in a different time period. For those reasons, I am often asked many questions from producers and artists about sampling. The purpose of this blog is to provide some clarity for the creators out there that love and appreciate the art of sampling.
In today’s age, there are a growing number of people creating independent films. With the success of YouTube, and other streaming services alike, many are making short films and webisodes as a way to build their portfolio and client base. When I talk to first time filmmakers, they are obviously aware of all of the technical aspects of making a film…i.e. filming, editing, etc. However, many are typically unaware of the legal side of filmmaking. While there are many legal aspects to consider when producing a film, this blog post primarily focuses on the legal considerations regarding the inclusion of music in your independent film.
I often talk to artists and others in the music space about the importance of protecting their intellectual property and one of things that I find is that there is often confusion surrounding what a copyright protects vs. what a trademark protects. Thus, the purpose of this blog is to explain the basics of what a copyright and trademark protect.