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The Audio Arts

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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.

2 Live Crew

2 Live Crew and the case of the Pretty Woman

From the Copyright Casebook

George Harrison

George Harrison subconsciously cops the Chiffons.

From the Copyright Casebook

Biz Markie

Biz Markie naturally samples Gilbert O'Sullivan in 'Alone Again'.

From the Copyright Casebook

KLF

KLF (aka The Jams) take on 70's supergroup ABBA.

From the Copyright Casebook

ZZ Top

The great John Lee Hooker gets ripped by ZZ Top.

From the Copyright Casebook

Dr. Dre

Dr. Dre bites the famous THX Deep Note.

From the Copyright Casebook

Vanilla Ice

Vanilla Ice takes a slice out of Queen and David Bowie.

From the Copyright Casebook

Bob Sinclair

Jane Fonda and the famous workout samples.

From the Copyright Casebook