View a photo gallery of the artists featured in the film, get related event listings, listen to the winning entries for the Creative Commons COPYRIGHT CRIMINALS Remix Contest and more.
Freedom of Expression
Explore filmmaker Kembrew McLeod’s site for his book Freedom of Expression®: Resistance and Repression in the Age of Intellectual Property (University of Minnesota Press, 2007), the inspiration for COPYRIGHT CRIMINALS.
Hip-Hop and Sampling
Davey D’s Hip-Hop Corner
Hip-hop historian, journalist and community activist Davey D offers a comprehensive history of hip-hop, a daily news blog and interviews and articles, often with a political twist.
The Hip-Hop Congress provides young people with the tools, resources and opportunities to make social, economic and political change on a local, regional and national level.
Get the latest in hip-hop news, reviews, interviews, unreleased audio, videos, mixtapes and much more.
Crate Kings: The 30 Greatest Hip-Hop Drum Breaks & Samples of All Time!
Listen to 30 classic hip-hop breaks. Also available: 300 Classic Hip-Hop Drum Breaks, Samples and Loops
AlterNet: How Copyright Law Changed Hip Hop
Kembrew McLeod interviews Public Enemy’s Chuck D and Hank Schocklee on sampling, copyright law and music.
NPR: On the Media: Transcript of “They Say That I Stole This”
Hank Shocklee, sampling artist Girl Talk (also known as Gregg Gillis) and Duke Law professor James Boyle discuss two decades of sampling in music.
Perfect Sound Forever: Sampling History
Read a 2007 article about the history of sampling in different genres of music.
PBS.org: Independent Lens: HIP-HOP: BEYOND BEATS AND RHYMES
A self-described hip-hop head takes an in-depth look at masculinity and manhood in rap and hip-hop.
Copyright and Legal Issues
This online publication focuses on commentary and scholarship regarding copyright, licensing, intellectual property and digital media.
U.S. Copyright Office
Learn about copyright law basics, search copyright records and “take the mystery out of copyright.”
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Copyright and Public Domain Music
What is fair use? This site identifies public domain music and royalty-free recordings.
The Future of Music Coalition
The Future of Music Coalition works to ensure a diverse musical culture where artists flourish and are compensated fairly for their work, and where fans can find the music they want. Learn about related issues and research and read the FutureBlog.
Center for the Study of Public Domain
The Center for the Study of the Public Domain focuses on areas not protected by exclusive intellectual property rights. Its Arts Project (http://www.law.duke.edu/cspd/artsproject) includes a comic book that explores the impact of intellectual property on creativity.
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SourcesThe following served as information sources for several pages on this site:
“Play It Again, Sampler; A Revolutionary Device Turns Pop on its Ear by Enabling Musicians to Beg, Borrow and Steal Sounds From All Over” by Guy Garcia; TIME Magazine, June 3, 1991