This week EMI Production Music, which is a division of Sony/ATV Music Publishing, launched a sampling amnesty with a view to encouraging new sample requests from its vast catalogue.
Regardless of what the sample is, anyone who comes forward and declares previously uncleared samples will be given the opportunity to get a licence for future use without fear of a royalty back claim.
The amnesty is designed to give artists, producers and record labels the opportunity to legitimise the samples in their back catalogue.
It will run for 6 months and any music properly licensed during this period will get access to a licence for future use without any royalty back claim.
Despite this, samples which were already subject to clearance discussions and any unlicensed samples discovered by EMI itself will not be covered by the amnesty.