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All Mixed Up: Bridgeport Music v. Dimension Films and De Minimis Digital Sampling  

Mueller, Jennifer R., 81 Ind. L.J. 435 (2006)

Sampling, like the player pianos and cameras of over one hundred years ago, will not go away. Technology is developing at an exponential rate. If the copyright law gets bogged down in minutiae, it is ultimately the public that loses. view more >>

Bridgeport Music, v. Dimension Films: Has Unlicensed Digital Sampling of Copyrights Sound Recordings Come to An End?  

Somoano, M. Leah, 21 Berkeley Tech L.J. 289 (2006).

Prior to the decision is Bridgeport Music v. Dimension Films, artists either sought licenses before sampling music or did it anyway and rolled the dice on whether or not they would be sued for copyright infringement. Bridgeport view more >>

Newton v. Diamond: Measuring the Legitimacy of Unauthorized Compositional Sampling – A Clue Illuminate and Obscured  

26 Hastings Comm. & Ent. L.J. 119 (2003).

Popularity by consumers and legal uncertainty creates an uncomfortable climate for digital sampling. Newton II has imposed a music industry custom of preventative payments or of artists simply taking the risk of getting caught sampling. view more >>

Sampling Litigation in the Limelight  

Sugarman, Robert G., 3/16/92 N.Y. L.J. 1 (1992)

Two significant cases involving “sampling” – the practice of using a portion of a previous sound recording in a new recording – shared the limelight at the federal district courthouse in New York City. In one view more >>

The Odd Couple: Postmodern Culture and Copyright Law  

11 Media L. & Pol’y 12 (2002).

The Court’s decision in Castle Rock Entertainment v. Carol Publishing Group, Inc. to refuse to accept the view that citizens in a postmodern society create their “own reality” has “constricted the artist’s ability to write view more >>

Thou Shalt Not Steal: Grand Upright Music Ltd. V. Warner Bros. Records, Inc. and the Future of Digital Sound Sampling in Popular Music  

Falstrom, Carl A., 45 Hastings L.J. 359 (1994)

Digital sampling suffers from a lack of legal standards making it difficult to decide its legitimacy in various situations. Grand Uprights Music Ltd. v. Warner was the first case to truly address the issue of sampling, and one that the view more >>

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