Using Sampling legally is a very tricky business, but there are Royalty Free samples out there. Check out the different licenses avaliable for using samples legally, and also for finding legal sources for samples to use in your music.
Sampling Under The Creative Commons License.
What is Creative Commons? The Creative Commons (CC) is an organization with the sole purpose of expanding the range of creative works available for others to legally build upon, sample, share, remix and use. There are different types of licenses available for CC tracks.. So it’s important to understand what the licenses are appropriate for your project, as not all are allowed to be used for commercial or profit purposes.
One issue of ‘Wired Magazine’ included a CD, with a collection of songs produced under the CC License. Some songs included on this CD are: Beastie Boys – Now Get Busy David Byrne – My Fair Lady DJ Dolores – Oslodum 2004 Spoon – Revenge.
These songs, plus more from the CD can be downloaded as .mp3 formats at HERE.
Types of Licenses:
Attribution – This license lets others distribute, remix, tweak, edit, sample and build upon, even commercially. This is the most accommodating of licenses offered, in terms of what others can do with you works licensed under Attribution.
Attribution Share Alike – This license lets others remix, tweak, sample and build upon, even commercially, as long as they credit you and license their new creations under the identical terms. This license if often compares to the open source software licenses. All new works based on yours will carry the same license, so any derivatives will also allow commercial use.
Attribution No Derivatives – This license allows for redistribution, commercial and non-commercial, as long as it is passed along unchanged and in whole, credited to the author.
Attribution Non-Commercial – This License lets others remix, tweak, and build upon non-commercially, and although their new works must also acknowledge you and be non-commercial, they don’t have to license their derivative works on the same terms.
Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike – Same as the Attribution Share Alike license, but non-commercial.
Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives – Same as the Attribution No Derivatives license, but non-commercial.