Monday, January 7, 2013

Music Business/Law Tips - "Mix Tapes Issue"

Putting up a free mixtape at websites like can lead to potential infringment lawsuits by the original artists that are being sampled without permission/license. Heres why: Even thought the mixtape is not being sold and no direct money is being made per se, the claim would be that the mixtape artist is still profiting/benefitting indirectly from the unauthorized sample by giving away the mixtape to build a fanbase that would later buy the mixtape artist's albums, concert tickets and merchandise (but the original artist who is being sampled gets nothing). Best to clear all samples on free mixtapes to avoid any problems. Ben McLane Esq

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