Image-Line to "remove all loops from FL Studio"

FL Studio: soon to be loop-free, it seems.
FL Studio: soon to be loop-free, it seems.

Image-Line has told MusicRadar that, in light of the controversy surrounding one user's use of two Deadmau5 samples that come supplied with FL Studio, it'll be removing all the melodic loops from the sound library that ships with the software.

As we previously reported, FL Studio fan DirtyCircuit is facing legal action for using samples that he claims he thought were royalty-free.

Image-Line's Managing Director Jean-Marie Cannie told us: "We'll remove all melodic loops from FL Studio to avoid this kind of stuff in the future but that won't change a lot I'm afraid.

"Our demo material has been stolen 1000s of times in the more than 10 years we have been doing this. The difference here is that this time it was stolen from a user that made it big."

It's the 'stealing' accusation that's controversial here. The DirtyCircuit track, Berlin, may be heavily based on samples from Deadmau5's Faxing Berlin, but he was using them in a musical context rather than simply redistributing them.

And the question remains: if this was copyrighted material included for demo purposes only, why wasn't it clearly marked as such?


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Ben Rogerson

I’m the Deputy Editor of MusicRadar, having worked on the site since its launch in 2007. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 24 of which I’ve also spent writing about music and the ever-changing technology used to make it.