Can I Register a Song With Samples?

Yes, but only if the sample has been cleared.

Unless you have explicit permission from all concerned parties, it is not possible to register songs with uncleared samples.

Example: you write a song containing a Michael Jackson sample and you don't have clearance from either Jackson's label or publisher to use this sample (samples require clearance from both master owner and publisher). It's thus not possible to register your song for the collection of songwriting or publishing royalties.

 

Be sure you are aware of the difference between a sample vs interpolation as well. 

 

 

 

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