Sunshine82 wrote:Is it true that many copyright owners are likely to give away their work for cheap or free?
It is certainly true that asking does not cost anything. :)
For me personally, I once saw a picture online that I thought perfect as cover art, tracked and asked the photographer (explaining indie band, listen to track etc) and she was happy to let me use it at no cost. But really, everyone will reply what they see fit.
I'm still wondering how other artists make a living when incorporating samples into their work.
They do ask for clearance, or - if there's enough dosh involved and the management of the estate is of the awake sort - they get sued.
Keep in mind the whole asking permission is _much_ easier when your are somehow established in some form in the actual music business.. which means having a network. So you ask your friend, who asks his friend and so on and suddenly you have the email address or phone number of the artist or his manager or his lawyer or his publisher etc.
Even here in SOS land I'm sure that there are people who could - if you are enough of an acquaintance - put you in contact with artists and execs for asking permission.. SOS being an UK publication, and many of the forum members British, it's probably more likely with UK-based artists, but there's also a good number of US friends insofar I understand (and of course of many other lands).
It's much harder if you don't have any kind of starting point contact.
I've tried contacting such an artist for some guidance; but I never heard back from them.
Yeah well it is hard for the reasons above, and successful artists are often careful with thei privacy (not all, some are pretty approachable so long you survive the spam filter)... but if you want to discuss clearance issues with a recognized commercial artist, you would probably find who's their management and talk with them instead.