Copyright Criminals

The advent of the sampler has probably had more impact on modern music than just about any other instrument. The sampler has also been the subject of scrutiny from many professional artists who claim their work is being stolen while this revolution of cut-and-paste methodology takes over modern music creation. Copyright Criminals takes a long look at both sides of the argument with discussions on the legal and illegal sides of sampling and interviews with many artists who use this method. Notable moments come from James Brown’s drummer Clyde Stubblefield (the original funky drummer), Public Enemy, Q-Bert, Coldcut, El-P, Sage Francis, and Miho Hatori. In the center of this film are numerous lawsuits that only seem to come when an artist breaks from the underground into the commercial realm and a discussion of whether these laws are appropriate in modern society.

Is it sampling stealing?

Check it out and make decision for yourself:

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