It actually all started with on little drumbeat. That drumbeat is called ‘the Amen and it originates from a song called ‘Amen, Brother’ by The Winstons. Many artists have overused this little drum loop. It’s even for sale in many packages full of samples you can buy on the Internet. I truly think from this moment on, it went south with the rights of songs.
When this song came out, it was in the 1960’s. This time around the technology was on point to break through. It gained its fame around the 80’s and it got used for a lot of breakbeat hip hop songs. It’s hard to believe, but thanks to the new technologies, not only computers and the internet, but with the new keyboards and the new elektronic drumkits that could make drumloops over and over again. The samples
they made by their selves, were able to be recorded and used again. That’s hop sample kits got to exist.
I’m not so against sample/loop kits, if they will pay a fee to the artist they got the sample or loop from. Or maybe something like a royalty, based on how much they sell and give a percentage of the sale per sample. That would make me sleep better at night.
The Winstons are a prime example of artists who don’t care enough about what ever happens to their music. If hey had taken care of it and protected it like they should’ve done, this sample would not have been used so many times. This loop that got used so many times, they would’ve been rich and it would have been only fair to pay them for it.
In my opinion? There is no such thing as ‘overprotecting’ a piece of music. No matter how small that piece of music is, it doesn’t take away the fact it’s someone’s creation. You can’t take away homebody’s work and not pay them. It’s like going to the supermarket, grabbing what you can and just leave without paying for your goods. It’s a form of theft.
I don’t think that anyone wants to work for free. What kind of world would we live in if we did work for free? I don’t think anyone would be happy. No matter what we all think, we are lucky to have copyright laws by our side.