Copyright Criminals: This is a Sampling Sport, is a documentary produced by Benjamin Franzen and Kembrew McLeod. The film examines the creative and commercial value of music sampling, including the related debates over artistic expression, copyright law and of course money.
The film showcases many of hip hop's founding figures like Public Enemy, De La Soul and The Digital Underground as well as an in depth look at the artists who have been sampled such as Clyde Stubblefield and George Clinton.
On April 15th 2009, the University of Oregon hosted a free screening of the film in Portland.
Afterwards, producer Kembrew McLeod and Portland designer and ex-Gang of Four bassist Dave Allen discussed the film and took questions from the audience.
Karen Munro, head of the University of Oregon Portland Library and Learning Commons emceed the event.
More information can be found at: www.copyrightcriminals.com
Music for this month's show: Brigitte Bijoux