Sample Disputes

A sample dispute can arise when a new work includes a copy of an existing work. Where there is a dispute as to the share of royalties payable to the owner of the original work, these are dealt with under our rules governing samples.

If the owner of the original work alleges the relevant permission has not been granted then the rules governing infringement claims apply.

What happens next?

If a sample dispute is raised it will be set up in the system for you to manage. 

Placing royalties in suspense

In line with the rules governing samples, the relevant royalties may be held in suspense. It is the responsibility of the claimants to resolve the dispute between themselves or via a legal process.

Releasing royalties after resolution

Once we’re informed of a resolution of the sample dispute, we'll release the royalties accordingly.