[rumori] The Sample Clearance Fund: A proposal

Boster, Bob [rumori] The Sample Clearance Fund: A proposal
Tue, 25 Aug 1998 10:28:46 -0700 (00904094926, c=US%a=_%p=HIII%l=MAIN_SERVER-980825172846Z-9129ATserver2.orban.com)

>From: Steev[SMTP:steevATdetritus.net]
>The general idea of paying for samples, no matter what the bureaucratic
>process used to execute it, is contrary to the artistic needs of
>sample-artists, and is exactly what people like Negativland have been
>fighting against.

I think a Sample Clearance Fund is probably a good idea for the people
who are making our lives so difficult, but not a good idea for us. It
was nice to see the history and concept laid out so nicely though.

I actually don't have a problem with someone paying for a sample when
the resulting piece is musically dependent on the original sample. MC
Hammer's Rick James samples would be a good point of reference.
Something like the proposal might help that end of the craft, but I
don't think it could offer us too much.

ON THE OTHER HAND, it would be nice to see a big pile of money mobilized
from the people who have made a fortune off of the use of unlicensed
samples (PE, Beatsies, Beck, etc.) for funding the legal defense of our
right to Fair Use, and for pushing that right into public consciousness.
These things for Tibet, and Walden Pond, etc...ought to be something
for actual freedom of artmaking. I think a couple concerts in RFK
Stadium promoting Fair Use would do it. then there'd be a big Rolling
Stone spread on the evil RIAA trying to stomp out freedom of expression,
etc. All of a sudden the whole thing would open up and go public and
we'd never have to worry about this shit again.

Of course, our cause would then become a little passť, but I'm willing
to pay that price for guaranteed freedom.