If you’ve used its music in the past, you can own up and avoid a back claim.

EMI Production Music is offering a six-month amnesty on sample declarations from its back catalogue in order to help encourage new creative use of its catalogue.

According to a press release, anyone declaring previously uncleared samples “will be given the opportunity to enter into a licence for future use without the fear of a royalty back claim.”

The amnesty means that artists who have made use of the participating EMI music libraries including KPM, Music House, Ded Good and Selected Sound will be able to clear their releases, so long as it is submitted during the six month period.

However, music will not be covered if the samples were already subject to clearance discussions, or if the music is found to contain samples not licensed for use. In other words, it’s important to note the distinction between EMI Production Music, whose catalogue is licensed for sampling, and the rest of EMI, whose music may not be cleared by the artist for reuse.

EMI explains that the idea behind the amnesty is “to give artists, producers and record labels the opportunity to legitimise the samples in their back catalogue,” and “encourage new creative use” of its catalogue.

Alex Black, EMI Production Music Global Director, said: “We’re very excited about the new and exciting partnerships that will come from the amnesty. The chance to work with labels and artists who see the value in the library is a very thrilling prospect for us. We are also excited about the potential to bring recognition to our original composers by unearthing great tracks from the past that have sampled their music.”

The amnesty period began on September 1, and is open until February 29, 2016. You can find the full list of terms and conditions at EMI Production Music’s Facebook page. [via RA]

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