Monday, November 14, 2011

Original Author

In Good Copy Bad Copy, there is a scene at the end of the movie when Girl Talk is sampling a sampled song. This brings up a lot of questions about the idea of author and intellectual property. At what point is it no longer a sample of Gnarls Barkley's song and it becomes a sample from another artist?
It is when Girl Talk took the song from the Tecno Brega song? It isn't taken directly from Gnarls Barkley's song anymore, it is taken directly from the Tecno Brega song and so this artist is the primary source of inspiration for the new song. But one could still hear the influence that Gnarls Barkley had on the song and it is still a sample of a sample and one could easily trace the sample back to Gnarls Barkley.
Is it never? Should Gnarls Barkley continue to be given credit even after it is a sample of a sample of a sample of a sample of a sample and there is almost no resemblance to the original song by Gnarls Barkley? If this is the case, should every artist responsible for every sample be given credit for the newest sample?
I don't have an answer. I just wanted to put it out to the interwebs and see what happens.

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