Welcome, Gregg Lambert, Founding Director, Humanities Center, Syracuse University
Opening Remarks, K. Matthew Dames
This brief session summarizes and contextualizes the Symposium’s principal issues, and establishes objectives and parameters for the day’s proceedings.
The Business of Sampling
This session will address the business and economics of sampling for labels and artists, including sample clearance, the role of intermediaries, the possible role of compulsory licenses, and the role fair use plays in using and paying for sampled works.
Legal Issues in Sampling
This session will address some of the legal aspects of sampling sound recording, including the different copyrights involved in sound recordings; the rights implicated in any digital capture; defenses and the statute of limitations; the “six second rule”; a chronology of court cases (including Grand Upright v. Warner; Bridgeport Music v. Dimension Films; Kraftwerk v. Moses Pelham [Germany]); and how recent decisions affect various stakeholders, from record labels to musicians.
Sampling and Imagination
Using sound sources from Syracuse University Library’s Belfer Audio Archive, performance artist Primus Luta will perform and explain live how he builds an original composition that is comprised of sampled material.
Sampling as Creative Innovation
This session will discuss sampling as a form of authorship and compare it with its reputation as a derivative act that has little creative merit, including the art of “digging” (or the selection of sample sources); sampling for sonic texture; and the history of musical sampling in genres beyond contemporary popular music.
Summation, K. Matthew Dames & Ulf Oesterle
K. Matthew Dames and Ulf Oesterle review the Symposium’s main points and highlights.