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Don’t get me wrong – I’m not suggesting that you go pirate anything or anything like that.

The Bible does actually chime in on this subject…

1 Cor 9:1-12
1 Am I not free? Am I not an apostle? Have I not seen Jesus our Lord? Are not ye my work in the Lord?

2 If to others I am not an apostle, yet at least I am to you; for the seal of mine apostleship are ye in the Lord.

3 My defence to them that examine me is this.

4 Have we no right to eat and to drink?

5 Have we no right to lead about a wife that is a believer, even as the rest of the apostles, and the brethren of the Lord, and Cephas?

6 Or I only and Barnabas, have we not a right to forbear working?

7 What soldier ever serveth at his own charges? who planteth a vineyard, and eateth not the fruit thereof? Or who feedeth a flock, and eateth not of the milk of the flock?

8 Do I speak these things after the manner of men? or saith not the law also the same?

9 For it is written in the law of Moses, Thou shalt not muzzle the ox when he treadeth out the corn. Is it for the oxen that God careth,

10 or saith he it assuredly for our sake? Yea, for our sake it was written: because he that ploweth ought to plow in hope, and he that thresheth, (to thresh) in hope of partaking.

11 If we sowed unto you spiritual things, is it a great matter if we shall reap your carnal things?

12 If others partake of (this) right over you, do not we yet more? Nevertheless we did not use this right; but we bear all things, that we may cause no hindrance to the gospel of Christ.

Paul is saying here essentially – it is scriptural that a person be able to profit from his work – even if that work is spiritual in nature. AND (I believe) that there is a spiritual value for the person paying as well as the person being paid.

He goes on to say that those ministering have the right to not expect any kind of payment – but it is their call, and not to look down on them if they do. There are many people on this site that openly expect nothing for their work – they would fall into this category. Understand that payment is not always money. It could be recognition, whatever, but that is the call of the person creating the original work. And that may even be to not have their work deriviated… and that is their right.

From a creative stand-point, the question is “how much is you and how much is them”? If I took a straight recording from Daft Punk, and just added a kick drum – and said it was my work… that would be lying. But what if I took just a hook?

The rule I use is – if I take that element out or replace it would the song/mix still stand? Am I saying it’s my work or theirs?