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European Court Rules In Favor Of Kraftwerk In 20 Year-Long Copyright Dispute

Postby MrFredPFL » Wed Jul 31, 2019 12:52 am

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A nearly 20-year legal battle over the unauthorized sampling of a Kraftwerk song appears to finally be near an end after the European Court of Justice ruled in favor of the pioneering German group.

The long-running case -- which carries potentially large ramifications around the use and licensing of samples in the wider music industry -- revolves around a two-second drum sequence from Kraftwerk's 1977 song "Metall auf Metall" (Metal on Metal), which producers Moses Pelham and Martin Haas sampled and looped in Sabrina Setlur's 1997 song "Nur Mir."

Kraftwerk founding members Ralf Hütter and Florian Schneider-Esleben have always argued that the producers did not have permission to use the sample and launched legal proceedings in the late 1990s, seeking damages and an injunction of the song.

Since then, the case has slowly wound its way back and forth through the German courts (including twice before the Federal Supreme court) before being referred to the European Court of Justice following an appeal from "Nur Mir"s producers.

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Re: European Court Rules In Favor Of Kraftwerk In 20 Year-Lo

Postby BestJasonTime » Tue Aug 13, 2019 6:58 am

I understand that artists might want to give out permission first before having bits of their music sampled, but what is the problem really? If credit is given then at least the artist is getting some extra exposure. But if no credit is given then yeah it's kind of a shity thing to do.
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