Thursday, November 27, 2008


I was browsing through the sounds of a newly acquired VST plugin today and I stumbled across the loop Polow Da Don used for Nas' single "Hero". I wasn't overly surprised since I was already aware of the loop being included in some other soft synths designed for Open Labs Neko, but I thought it was pretty co-incidental considering the Deadmau5 / Fruity Loops debate thats recently surfaced.

From Future Music:
Both the drum loop and the main riff from the club-classic Faxing Berlin by Deadmau5 are available as loops in FL Studio 8. Not only that, but a little-known artist is currently being struck down by the wrath of the law for using the loop (which he assumed was Royalty-free and claims to have used not knowing it was Deadmau5's riff) in a recent release.
The Fruity Loops company Image Line is now attempting to cover its ass by claiming the included loops are 'not' royalty free. Image Line's Jean-Marie Cannie made this statement on the IL forum:
"The loops & demo songs are available to demo what's capable in FL Studio ... it doesn't mean you can just render the songs & loops and start selling them as your own. The (single hit) samples sure are ready to use in a composition but it should be pretty clear that anything else (whether it's a demo song, melodic loop, score, ...) belongs to its author(s). "
Hmm, the question is: Did Image Line obtain the rights to use "Faxing Berlin" as part of their program? and if it was labelled as a 'demo song that belongs to an author', why were the loops included in the Melody Loops Pack along with all the other 'royalty-free' samples?

Watch the fuckery go down at the IL Forums, if you dare.

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