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Copyright Criminals on PBS

01.20.10   |   Posted in: Art & Design, Music   |   By: Toshi Jones
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Last night marked the premier of Copyright Criminals, the Independent Lens special on the music industry and their sordid relationship with copyright and the creative process. The film gave an insightful history focusing on hip hop and key players in the evolution of sampling. Highlighting obscure figures like Clyde Stubblefield, drummer for James Brown, and London based audio-visual mixing duo Eclectic Method, Copyright Criminals scratches the surface of this controversial subject. More in depth discussion of creative commons would have been nice as well as mention of some of the most recent pioneers, i.e. Girl Talk. Watch Copyright Criminals and then follow it up with 2008′s RiP!: A Remix Manifesto for a pretty good foundation for the cause.

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