A website has been created for the sake of preventing unintentional copyright infringement by up-and-coming producers. The website is titled DontSample.Me, and it was created by Morgan Crozier.
Crozier has developed a list of 2,878 musicians, including many popular producers, whose work is illegal to sample or remix. An independent producer choosing to make these particular edits risks a DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) takedown notice.
This website is more useful than ever, as we constantly see aspiring producers being punished for uploading samples and remixes of other artists' work. The battle between major record labels and independent producers on SoundCloud can potentially be averted if producers take the time to read websites such as DontSample.Me.
Crozier states, “Independent musicians can stay out of trouble simply by avoiding improper use of any work associated with this list of artists. This will empower a new generation of creativity and independent artists that isn't constantly feeding the pockets of people who don't care about you.”
For more information on the website, or to learn how to get more involved, email Morgan Crozier here.