What Qualifies A Sample As “Cleared”?

An uncleared sample is uncleared whether it’s three seconds or 30 seconds, you must obtain the required permissions. Samples that are “cleared” include: a) samples purchased from Loopmasters, Beatport Sounds, or any similar authorized sample seller under a lifetime, worldwide, royalty-free license; b) a sample used for which you obtained explicit permission via a mechanical license contract from the original owners of the underlying musical composition; if you also sample the master recording in your song, you must obtain permission via contract from the original owners of the master.

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