Video: Copyright Criminals Trailer

Copyright Criminals, a film that takes on the tough topic of sampling, and where it fits in both the legal and artistic realms, comes to the Tivoli on October 22, at 7 p.m. Executive producer and writer Kembrew McLeod will be on hand at the screening. (Thanks to DLC for the tip.)

It’s something that has many facets, such as Biz Markie‘s use of of a Gilbert O’Sullivan sample or the Verve‘s notorious tussle with the Rolling Stones over “Bittersweet Symphony.”

Interestingly, it seems that the film focuses mainly on the influence of sampling on hip-hop, as opposed to the plunderphonics currently engaged in by guys like Girl Talk and E-603, to say nothing of pioneers like Negativland. The focus on one particular facet of the discussion promises to be interesting.

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