Copyright criminals

Copyright criminals

Original title: Copyright Criminals
Production: Changing Images; Copyright Criminals
Country: United States
Director: Benjamin Franzen
Script: Kembrew McLeod
Photography: Benjamin Franzen; Ross Gabriel Sebek
Year: 2009
Duration: 53
Genre: Arts documentary
Color: Color
Original language: English
Languages available: English


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 multi-billion-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.”

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