“Copyright Criminals: The Funky Drummer Edition”

Sampling and Remixing

Amos Lassen

“Copyright Criminals” is a documentary that explores the impact that sampling and remixing on modern musicians, veteran performers, and anyone who has listened to contemporary pop hits in the past 20 years. The film has an intricately layered soundtrack and visual montages that keep viewers moving in their seats and “The Funky Drummer Edition” includes the original documentary, plus featurettes spotlighting Public Enemy’s Chuck D, James Brown Band drummer Clyde Stubblefield, and Cee-Lo Green along with the amazing video remix skills of Eclectic Method and more. Copyright Criminals showcases many of hip-hop music s founding figures like Public Enemy, De La Soul, and Digital Underground along with emerging hip-hop artists from record labels Definitive Jux, Rhymesayers, Ninja Tune, and more. We get an in-depth look at artists who have been sampled and see that artists find ever more inventive ways to insert old influences into new material.

“When lawyers and record companies got involved, what was once referred to as a “borrowed melody” became a “copyright infringement.” The question is if one can own a sound?” Directors Benjamin Franzen and Kembrew McLeod show the complexities of sampling artistically and politically, legally and philosophically. Comprised of split screens, overlapping and overlaid sounds, an assemblage of images and noise, the film stages its argument even as it makes it and fromboth sides of the hotly debated issue.

Double DVD Includes:

Copyright Criminals Documentary

The Art of Sampling With Cee-Lo Green (New Featurette)

The Funky Drummer in the Studio with Chuck D (New 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

and more.

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