In light of the recent case between Katy Perry and Christian Rapper Flame (Marcus Gray), copyright protection/infringement is resurfacing. There is a such thing of infringing upon another artist’s music believe or not. This is why it is necessary to go through the process of protecting your music. Neglecting this step is detrimental to your music career.
Now, I’m going to make this coffee black with no sugar added. Matter of fact, this is an espresso shot. Listen, copyright infringement depends on what the court deemed as Fair Use. If you used the “Poor man copyright” method (mailing yourself a copy of your work), your chances of recouping is slim to none. Copyright laws are legally binding and must be adhered to.
As a general rule, I would say get permission from the creators of the work. Don’t take it for granted and think nobody will find out. It doesn’t matter how much or how little of the song or beat you have used. The court looks for what was your purpose in using it.
This Digital Age has forced the powers that be to tighten laws. For Katy Perry’s neglectfulness, she will pay out to Marcus Gray to the tune of approximately $550,000, according to FOX News. Not only does Ms. Perry bear the brunt of this infringement, but so does her record label Capital Records. They will make it rain $1.2 million. All of this for slowing down the music track and tweaking a few instruments. Has creativity died? That is another subject altogether.