scruffLA saidMaybe Plant is a bit worried he and the band could actually have to give some of that money up when they lose the Stairway To Heaven lawsuit, its not looking good for them as plagiarists, that song has been soooo over played, its horrible now
I agree, the plagerism was wrong. If someone stole one of my songs I don't know what I would do.
Copyright laws were not strict back then as they are today
When You Need Permission to Sample Others' Musichttp://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/permission-sampled-music-sample-clearance-30165.html
When Possible, Seek Permission
You'll be on safer legal ground if you seek permission, especially if you have a record contract that puts the burden of sample clearance on your shoulders. Such contracts usually contain an indemnity clause -- which means that if you and the record company are sued, you must pay the record company's legal costs. Ouch!
Note that when you sample music from a pop recording, you need two clearances:
•one from the copyright owner of the song, who is usually a music publisher, and
•one from the copyright owner of the master tapes, which is usually a record company
Roadblocks for Small Labels
Nowadays, there are significant roadblocks for small independent labels who want to acquire sample clearance. For example:
•Some owners of source music won't deal with independent or unsigned artists. "A lot of times if it's self-released, we say come back when you have a deal," says a sampling rep at one major music publisher.
•Often the copyright owners will want to hear a recording that shows how much of the source you intend to use and how you intend to use it. That means you have to do your recording first, without permission. If you then can't get permission, a lot of hard work will have gone to waste.
•Many small labels cannot afford the steep sample clearance rates. While there are no standard fees, the music publisher usually wants: •an up-front "advance" payment (which could be anywhere between $250 and $5,000), and
•a percentage of the song income (usually between 15% and 50%).
The owner of the master recording will want:
•an up-front payment (usually at least $1,000), and
•a "rollover." A rollover is a payment that's made when a certain number of copies have been sold.
Sometimes, instead of a rollover, the owner of the master will ask for a portion of future record royalties (although sampling consultants advise against this practice).