Samples and remixes of recordings
A sample of a recording is a piece of a recording that has been spliced into a new track. Artists and producers sometimes use samples as a creative tool to evoke nostalgia for a certain era, to pay homage to a classic artist or genre, or to juxtapose different pieces of music in order to create a quirky sound. If you're a fan of hip-hop or dance music, or if you've listened to pop music recorded in the last 20 years, you've probably heard more than a few samples.
A remix of a recording is an entire recording, from beginning to end, that has been edited to create a track that sounds different from the original version. Think of it as the same full track recording by the original artist -- same voice, same stem tracks -- but with changes that give the music a different feel. If you're a fan of dance music, whether deep house, dubstep or drum & bass, you're probably familiar with artists that release multiple versions of the same track -- some faster or slower, some with a different tempo or with a longer intro/outtro.
To be clear, when we refer to remixes here, we're talking about a track that contains someone else's recording, albeit with edits and creative changes. If you've re-recorded the track before making said tweaks, you've probably recorded a cover song and should check out our section on cover song licensing.
If you're using a sample of someone else's recording, you'll need to obtain permission from the rights holder that owns the recording (usually a record label), as well as permission from the publisher that owns the song. You'll need to negotiate with both the label and the publisher, who each have the exclusive right to grant or deny permission to anyone who wishes to use samples of the work, as well as the right to set terms and request (or not request) payment for the sample use.
In the case of a remix, you need to negotiate with the label, which has the right to grant or deny permission to create a remix, as well as the right to set terms and either receive payment or pay you for the remix. The publishing, however, can be licensed using the same mechanical license used to distribute cover songs.
While Team Loudr enjoys the occasional remix or sample as much as you probably do, you should be aware that we do NOT handle licensing for samples and remixes. You can use Loudr to sell as many cover songs as you want but our licenses do not extend to the use of sampled recordings or the creation of remixes based on someone else's recording.
If you'd like to release music using samples or if you'd like to make a remix of someone else's recording, you'll need to get a license, a different kind from the license that Loudr currently handles. Try consulting an artist's attorney or a music clearance company. Please feel free to hit us up at email@example.com for a referral.