Copyright Criminals Trailer

Copyright Criminals Trailer (2009)

"This is a Sampling Sport" 21 May 2009 Factual, Music 65 mins

Copyright Criminals examines the creative and commercial value of musical sampling, including the related debates over artistic expression, copyright law, and (of course) money.This documentary traces the rise of hip-hop from the urban streets of New York to its current status as a multibillion-dollar industry. For more than thirty years, innovative hip-hop performers and producers have been re-using portions of previously recorded music in new, otherwise original compositions. When lawyers and record companies got involved, what was once referred to as a “borrowed melody” became a “copyright infringement.” The film showcases many of hip-hop music’s founding figures like Public Enemy, De La Soul, and Digital Underground—while also featuring emerging hip-hop artists from record labels Definitive Jux, Rhymesayers, Ninja Tune, and more.

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Aesop Rock

as Himself

George Clinton

as Himself

Chuck D

as Himself


as Himself

Sage Francis

as Himself

Robert Garcia

as Himself

Miho Hatori

as Herself

Humpty Hump

as Himself

Prefuse 73

as Himself

DJ Q-Bert

as Himself

Pete Rock

as Himself

Hank Shocklee

as Himself

DJ Spooky

as Himself


Benjamin Franzen

Benjamin Franzen Cinematography

Ross Sebek

Ross Sebek Cinematography

Sarah Franzen

Sarah Franzen Editorial Production Assistant

Video Rahim

Video Rahim Additional Editing

Dave Willadsen

Dave Willadsen Visual Effects Editor

Kembrew McLeod

Kembrew McLeod Executive Producer

International Releases Dates

United States 21 May 2009

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