Kraftwerk Lost A Copyright Case That Could Loosen Sampling Restrictions...In Germany
Sampling may still be one of most monitored music practices in the states, but the aftermath of a recent lawsuit on behalf of Kraftwerk may soon change that, at least in one country. The pioneering electronic outfit filed suit against German hip-hop producer, Moses Pelham, for chopping a two-second drum bit of their 1977 song "Metal On Metal" (hear below) off the album Trans-Europe Express for the 1997 song "Nur Mir" by Sabrina Setlur.
After originally ruling on the side of Kraftwerk back in 2012 and forbidding the promotion of Pelham's song due to copyright infringement, the case was ordered to be reassessed and subsequently overturned, championing Pelham's "artistic freedom" over whatever impact Kraftwerk may have been subjected to. All of which is to say, that producers racked up a rare win in the sampling department and that the loosening of those constraints could amount to one of two things: either a proliferation of sample-based music or an outright assault on O.P.C (other people's catalogues.) Either way, we'll have to wait and see how this all plays out, hoping no artist is criminally disenfranchised by the ruling in the meantime.Hear both tracks down below and hit us with your take in the comment section.