The Audio Arts
Lyrics and Sounds
Copyright for your ears. When we talk about copyright in the audio domain, we're generally talking about musical compositions and sound recordings, although lyrics and sounds also raise interesting issues. The hot issue here is sampling; whether it's capturing a whole song, a riff, or even a single note, you can be assured of finding yourself in a gray area.
Biz Markie naturally samples Gilbert O'Sullivan in 'Alone Again'.
From the Copyright Casebook