Sampling Ethics

In my opinion, sampling without permission of the original owner is not morally acceptable. When you don’t ask for permission to use something, you are literally stealing it. In all of my years of schooling, there has constantly been a lot of talk concerning plagiarism and academic dishonesty. Specifically, taking someone’s work and passing it off as your own. When an artist takes a chunk of someone’s song and uses it in their own, without even bothering to ask the original creator first, that, to me, seems like the exact definition of plagiarism. Furthermore, I do not understand how someone can have such disregard for someone else’s work. If you want to sample someone else’s song, just askI can understand that not everyone wants their songs sampled in other people’s work, and in that case, the person asking should understand that, and back off, instead of deciding to go ahead with their plan to use that sample regardless. I cannot comprehend how a person can just rip off someone else’s work (and then have the gall to not give them any credit) without feeling any remorse. The first person likely worked hard to create their song, and sampling it without their permission is not only dishonorable, it is lazy. Why bother doing the work yourself when you can just take someone else’s work and claim it as your own? Unfortunately, this is the reality for far too many artists today. If I had any say in the matter, I would propose that more stricter copyright laws be implemented for sampling, so that artists would no longer be able to just rip each other off.


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