Clearing out my mailbox due to repeated system warnings I'm approaching its limit, I re-discovered the Pachelbel Rant by Rob Paravonian this afternoon.
Friends Forever (Vitamin C)
One Tin Soldier (Coven)
Hook (Blues Traveler)
Basket Case (Green Day)
Push (Matchbox 20)
Good (Better than Ezra)
With or Without You (U2)
Torn (Natalie Imbruglia)
Skater Boy (Avril Lavigne)
We're Not Gonna Take It (Twisted Sister)
Laverne and Shirley theme song (Cyndi Grecco)
No Woman No Cry (Bob Marley)
Let It Be (The Beatles)
All sample Pachelbel's Canon in D.
I wonder what the Bridgeport Music, Inc. v. Dimension Films court would have made of it? For the uninitiated, this was the case where the court said that samplling one note of music might be acceptable but if you wanted more than one note get a licence. Of course the copyright in Pachelbel's music would have expired except that copyright didn't exist for music when he wrote it in the 17th century. Does that mean the first to sample it when it was rediscovered in the 20th century now holds the copyright and could sue the other samplers?
The rant would be a great video to open a copyright talk though.