Monday, May 4, 2009
German soundware developers Vengeance are well known and highly regarded throughout the dance music world. But could they have an ethics problem on their hands?
A recent thread over on the Trance Addicts Forum suggests that many of the loops on the sample libraries that Vengeance sells may be ripped directly from commercial tracks (presumably without permission or clearance). At the link above, scroll down about halfway down for a posting by one "dannib" where he gives direct A/B comparisons between loops Vengeance is selling and commercial tracks that were released before the Vengeance libraries. Now keep in mind that this is a post on the internet... it doesn't necessarily mean it's true. But the evidence seems pretty damning.
Given how restrictive some of Vengeance's licensing agreements are (non-commercial use only... something you don't find out until you've already purchased the library), and how much legal foot stomping they make about 'watermarking' their samples to track down piracy, this is jaw-droppingly hypocritical if not outright illegal. I suppose there might be differing opinions on the matter, but I think when most people buy a sample library, they expect it to be original material created by the company, not something ripped off from an existing track.
What do you think about this? Would you be pissed to find out a loop collection you bought was made up of samples stolen from existing tracks? How about if you were one of the artists whose work was being sold by the company? Or is this all fair game?