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Interview :: Media : Technology
Kembrew McLeod, Copyright Criminals: This is a Sampling Sport
15 Mar 2006
Interview with Kembrew McLeod about Copyright Criminals, a documentary about the sampling culture.
Interview with Kembrew McLeod, producer of the documentary Copyright Criminals: This is a Sampling Sport. We discuss what Copyright Criminals is about; why he and co-producer Ben Franzen decided to do a documentary about sampling; why sime regard sampling as a lazy way to create a song; sampling throughout the ages; how contemporary copyright laws would have prevetned jazz classics from being created; how copyright laws stiffle creativity; when did copyright laws start to throttle the creative commons; The Turtles‘ lawsuit against De La Soul; Gilbert O’Sullivan’s lawsuit against Biz Markie; sample clearance; Kayne West; Woody Guthrie’s “This Land is Your Land“; the Run DMC/Aerosmith collaboration; Stetsasonic’s “Talkin’ All that Jazz”; Eric B and Rakim; James Brown; George Clinton; when will Copyright Criminals be completed; editing with Final Cut Pro; how they chose who to feature in the documentary; Prince Paul; Public Enemy’s Chuck D, Harry Allen and Hank Shocklee; including opposing views in the documentary; drummer Clyde Stubblefield; DefJux Records‘ LP; N.W.A.; his book, Freedom of Expression; electronic voting; why he trademarked the phrase “freedom of expression”; sending a cease and desist letter to AT&T; Stanley Crouch of The New York Daily Times‘ outrage over Daman Wayans‘ attempt to copyright the word “nigga”; Creative Commons and the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Vera Beren calls in with her final entry in her audio travel journal.

Featured mashup is “99 Problems” by DJ Danger Mouse.

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