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INDEPENDENT LENS: Copyright Criminals
INDEPENDENT LENS SEASON 9
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01/19/2010
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The creative and commercial value of musical sampling

 


INDEPENDENT LENS

Copyright Criminals

Airs Tuesday, 1/19 at 11:00 p.m. on CPTV (Check Listings)

Computers, software and even cell phones have radically altered our relationship to mass culture and technology, providing consumers with the tools to become producers, or “remixers,” of their own media. But long before everyday people began posting their video mash-ups on the Web, hiphop musicians perfected the art of audio montage through a sport they called “sampling.” "Copyright Criminals," a documentary by Benjamin Franzen and Kembrew McLeod, examines the creative and commercial value of musical sampling, including the ongoing debates about artistic expression, copyright law and (of course) money.

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