That's funny, because on my screen it looks the best. All my other posts come in a font that's too big for the width of my screen. Ethically, I'd have to say that the amount of money I make is disproportionately equal to the font size of my posts, therefore everyone gets hurt. But at the same time, using the Bernard Purdie speech from the Puff Daddy / Andy Summers golf face-off would be a direct violation of Robert Fripp's FAQ about his interview with Willie Dixon, who had no idea he was a blues musician. But who knows, he was probably lying. Seriously tho, I've been trying to look at this issue from the sampling 'dissers' and beyond the fair use issue and into the so-called ethical issue. I guess I have no problem sampling a couple seconds from a "Big Star" because 1. I will be losing money and 2. the Big Star won't be losing money (or audience) and 3. I don't use the sample in a derogatory way (in fact I usually hope my sample source will get a kick out of it) 4. It's always recognizable as "a sample" in my pieces, so it's not like I'm trying to trick my audience 5. To not sample would be the same as censorship of creative expression. If to some people that's stealing, well then I quote Stravinsky quoted by John Zorn (see Now I give credit!): "A great composer doesn't borrow ideas, he steals!" (or something to that effect). Now if any of the above changed, then I would see it morally correct to pay for sample use. I'm still thinking about that looping James Brown thing tho...I'm on the fence with that one....a whole piece based on one sample...that sounds a bit too easy...? >>Thomas, I can't speak for everyone else but your messages run way off the page. I know Kim once addressed this problem but I can't recall the solution. Maybe he could post it one more time. By the way, you are not the only offender here just the most prolific. :} Lee<< Thomas W┐hni wrote: > > Hi Kim , I think our little thread has gotten out of hand. We are cutting parts > of each others comments out of context and replying to them and missing each others points. I realize now that I have misunderstood the things you were saying and I know you certainly misunderstood me. At the end of this I want to make a few things clear so that our "miscommunication" doesn`t alter our perception of each other. > > 1. I did not spend 20 years trying to play like Jim Hall beacause I was born 20 years ago. > 2. I`m totally into sampling and my dream is actually affording one some day. > 3. I see nothing artistically wrong with sampling or cutting out audio >from other people`s work. > 4. 50 percent of the time I spend with my computer I spend "sampling" with cubase,cool edit and Acid. > > Thank you for an interesting debate , though I wish it could happen in real-time to avoid misunderstandings. > > Yours , Thomas > > PS. Just got "Hard normal Daddy" (Squarepusher) and it`s awesome. That guy is an inspiration.