Sampling is used frequently in many types of music, most prominently hip-hop and electronic music, but not infrequently in pop and rock music as well. It is the re-appropriation of a segment of a piece or song of music in another piece or song of music. One example of a commonly sampled segment of music is the drum intro to Led Zeppelin's "When the Levee Breaks." Samples often add a new emotional effect to the music, or, when they are of familiar songs, sometimes link the two songs' themes. Sometimes they simply add to the complexity of the beat or background music. Some people I know argue that, however, sampling decreases the need for actual creativity and is little better than stealing. They ask what is the point of making a new song or piece of music if one is simply going to copy an already made song or piece of music. I would like to know your opinions of this matter. Thanks.