Contact Us

New Documentary Explores Sample-Based Legal Battles in Hip-Hop

The new music documentary ‘Copyright Criminals’ takes a magnified look at samples in hip-hop and the resulting, endless copyright battles. The film, which premieres on Tuesday, Jan. 26, at the Toronto Film Festival, and then part of PBS’ Independent Lens Series, investigates the legitimacy of famous hip-hop copyright disputes. Industry veterans and sample-based pioneers like De La Soul, Chuck D, Pete Rock, Public Enemy and Mix Master Mike lend their knowledge to the debate through in-depth interviews and commentary while the film explores the motivation behind so called “copyfights.”

Filmmakers Benjamin Franzen and Kembrew McLeod were able to land some input from James Brown‘s original drummer, Clyde Stubblefield, whose beats have been sampled numerous times. Stubblefield explains that he has never received compensation for his duplicated work. “I didn’t know anything about sampling until people came up and said some other artist is using your drum pattern … So many groups have sampled my stuff,” Stubblefield says. “They say I’m the world’s number one sampled drummer; I haven’t got a penny for it yet though.”

‘Copyright Criminals’ will be available on iTunes and Amazon.com on Jan 26. See the trailer below.

Best of the Web

More From Around the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://theboombox.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on The Boombox quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here.

Register on The Boombox quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!