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Copyright Criminals

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    Copyright Criminals examines the creative and commercial value of musical sampling, including the related debates over artistic expression, copyright law, and (of course) money. This documentary traces the rise of hip-hop from the urban streets of New York to its current status as a multibillion-dollar industry. For more than thirty years, innovative hip-hop performers and producers have been re-using portions of previously recorded music in new, otherwise original compositions. When lawyers and record companies got involved, what was once referred to as a borrowed melody became a copyright infringement. The film showcases many of hip-hop music s founding figures like Public Enemy, De La Soul, and Digital Underground while also featuring emerging hip-hop artists from record labels Definitive Jux, Rhymesayers, Ninja Tune, and more. It also provides an in-depth look at artists who have been sampled, such as Clyde Stubblefield (James Brown s drummer and the world s most sampled musician), as well as commentary by another highly sampled musician, funk legend George Clinton. As artists find ever more inventive ways to insert old influences into new material, this documentary asks a critical question, on behalf of an entire creative community: Can you own a sound?

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    Name: (Posted: 1/9/2011 10:04:00 PM; Partial IP: .236.147.3)
    Location: green city
    Comment: yo, I had the filmmaker come to UOregon to screen a rough cut of it; and the end UGHH's own, dj food stamp, landed some mixes in this film (peep the credits). that aside, this is a great film that teases apart how big companies chilled the free speech of sampling artists, unless you could pay. Sample clearance is more about money and control of the market than it is about artists' rights. Kembrew McLeod, who is one of the filmmakers, wrote "Owning Culture" and "Freedom of Expression"
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    Name: (Posted: 10/10/2010 2:13:00 PM; Partial IP: 01.239.170)
    Location: Quebec, Canada
    Comment: I've seen it! It's a must-watch for every hip-hop producer/MC/fan!
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