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Old 24th November 2010
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Not only is it the "right" thing to do (and the legal one) but it is MUCH cheaper to do it upfront...

Just ask The Verve ("Bittersweet Symphony") how they feel that Mick Jagger and Keith Richards get 100% of the royalties and are now credited with writing the song because The Verve did not properly clear the amount of an orchestral Rolling Stones sample they used. Keeping in mind The Verve actually did have clearance, they just used more of the song than they had permission to use

Trust me... there are many, many more examples.

EDIT: Also, imagine if (like a previous poster suggested) your song does blow up, is an international hit, etc... how would you feel having to go out and perform it night after night and having to hype it up in interview after interview knowing that all your work is doing nothing more than lining the pockets of someone else to pay them back for not getting permission in the first place. You can't not play your hits (the audience doesn't care about your legal problems) I imagine it would be a very bitter pill to swallow.