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Indie Films: COPYRIGHT CRIMINIALS: THE FUNKY DRUMMER EDITION

TRACE THE METEORIC RISE OF SAMPLING AND HIP-HOP
IN AN ACCLAIMED DOCUMENTARY THAT ASKS, ON BEHALF OF
AN ENTIRE CREATIVE COMMUNITY: CAN YOU OWN A SOUND?

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“An amazing documentary on the history of sampling”
— Rolling Stone

“Compelling and insightful…illuminates both sides of a hotly debated issue”
— USA Today

“Exceptionally smart and energetic”
— Pop Matters.com

This Special 2-Disc Edition is Packed with Sampling Stars, Including
Chuck D, De La Soul, George Clinton, DJ Spooky and Cee-Lo Green,
and Over Five Hours of Extras Including Featurettes Like “The Art of Sampling with Cee-Lo Green,” “Clyde Stubblefield’s Ultimate Breaks & Beats (24 Downloadable Tracks),” Extended Interviews, Fair Use Explained
by the Center for Social Media and Much More!

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PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Examining the creative and commercial value of musical sampling, including the related debates over artistic expression, copyright law, and (of course) money, COPYRIGHT CRIMINALS: THE FUNKY DRUMMER EDITION arrives on DVD this February to attempt to answer a question on behalf of an entire creative community: can you own a sound?

From director Benjamin Franzen, this acclaimed doc, which originally aired on PBS’ “Independent Lens” traces the rise of hip-hop from the urban streets of New York to its current status as a multibillion-dollar industry. For more than thirty years, innovative hip-hop performers and producers have been re-using portions of previously recorded music in new, otherwise original compositions. When lawyers and record companies got involved, what was once referred to as a “borrowed melody” became a “copyright infringement.”

Showcasing many of hip-hop music’s founding figures like Public Enemy, De La Soul, and Digital Underground — while also featuring emerging hip-hop artists from record labels Definitive Jux, Rhymesayers, Ninja Tune, and more. COPYRIGHT CRIMINALS also provides an in-depth look at artists who have been sampled, such as Clyde Stubblefield (James Brown’s drummer and the world’s most sampled musician), as well as commentary by another highly sampled musician, funk legend George Clinton.

INTERVIEWEES
Abilities
Bobbito Garcia
Clyde Stubblefield
De La Soul
DJ Qbert
DJ Spooky
Eclectic Method
El-P
Eyedea
George Clinton
Matt Black
Miho Hatori
Mix Master Mike
Mr. Len
Pam the Funkstress
Pete Rock
Prefuse 73
Public Enemy
Sage Francis
Saul Williams
Shock G
BONUS PROGRAMMING
The Art of Sampling With Cee-Lo Green (Featurette)
The Funky Drummer in the Studio with Chuck D (Featurette)
Eclectic Method Uncut Audio-Visual Remixes (15 Videos)
Fair Use Explained: Four Featurettes by the Center for Social Media
Extended Interviews with Chuck D, De La Soul, and Clyde Stubblefield
Music Player Featuring 15+ Songs from Copyright Criminals Soundtrack by El-P and RJD2
Clyde Stubblefield s Ultimate Breaks and Beats (Hi-Res WAV Files)
Copyright Criminals All Star Band Funky Drummer Remix Video
Copyright Criminals All Star Band Megamix Video
COPYRIGHT CRIMINALS: THE FUNKY DRUMMER EDITION

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