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‘Copyright Criminals’ Doc Examines Sampling in Hip-Hop

As hip-hop grew into a legitimate genre that sold millions of albums, a battle developed between producers sampling old records and copyright holders that tried to stop the flow of music. A documentary film entitled 'Copyright Criminals' explores this clash between sampling and the law

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Ras Kass Samples Mel Gibson Rants in New NSFW Track

One of the perks of hip-hop is that culture provides near instant responses to some of the biggest viral news stories -- think back to Cam'ron's 'Amber Lamps' that sampled the still-hilarious AC Bus Fight clip. So, when Mel Gibson's recent racis

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Name That Tune: Songs Notorious for Their Use of Sampling

Once controversial, the practice of sampling is now generally regarded as a viable artistic method of production and a mostly legitimate commercial endeavor. Good public reception of a sample-use often depends on a combination of factors including what is sampled, who is sampled, and how that sample is used to create something new

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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

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