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Copyright Criminals: This Is A Sampling Sport – Documentary Trailer

January 14, 2009

The documentary Copyright Criminals: This Is A Sampling Sport delves deep into the history, artistic, and legal arguments surrounding sample based music creation. 

Copyright Criminals follows the birth and rise of sampling through interviews and commentary from such notables as Q-Bert, Public Enemy, De La Soul, Mix Master Mike, Clyde Stubblefield, George Clinton, DJ Spooky, El-P, Mr. Len, Coldcut, Prefuse 73, and more.

Coming soon during Spring to a city, college campuse, or film festivals near you.  See Copyright Criminals for more info.

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{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

hotbox January 14, 2009 at 2:51 pm

This looks too ill to miss. . .any word on when the actual documentary drops? and how it can be purchased/downloaded/sampled?


Allied January 14, 2010 at 7:55 am

The DVD release date is January 26, 2010.


Ammon-Ra January 14, 2009 at 6:06 pm

I’m beginning to wonder if I’ve seen this or the are segments from other documentaries especially that Q-Bert part


Loop Analysis January 14, 2009 at 10:00 pm

lol had the whole trailer on my personal (myspace) profile for about a year…didn’t think at all to show peeps lol should have.

Every interview was very informal in different ways. Gave me a sense of self calmness about the whole debate about sampling. thank god we’re not alone.


Dope January 15, 2009 at 9:32 am

Yeah, ive seen this clip on Youtube like a year ago but for those who didnt its pretty interesting whats being said about sampling.


Rayn January 15, 2009 at 9:37 am

The most interesting thing I heard here was “If you catch me, then I wasn’t doin’ my job!” Right!


Cai January 15, 2009 at 12:06 pm

I Do It 4 Hip Hop


mc cool January 16, 2009 at 5:51 am

don’t any of you think that guy should have got paid something ? cats were making thousands upon millions for his drum beats and he didn’t get nothing . i would be mad as shit. and sue your ass too.


KIZ-ONE January 16, 2009 at 8:43 am

I trully believe that Clyde should be paid something, but you got to look at it from another point of view.

He was paid as a session drummer. so in a way JB should have paid him points for the break of funky drummer, but when you’re a session player your thoughts become the song for said owner(JB).

So in a way he was a “play for hire” musican. Which is kinda sad in todays time. but i’m sure that at the time Clyde was trying to feed himself and his family, and didn’t look for tomorrow, as in to where his drum break would be years for then.

But El P has a point as well, if you catch me then i’m not doing my job. but you know nobody is looking for you untill you break that 100,000 mark(ghetto gold). So keep dig’n!


DarkMeat January 13, 2010 at 11:03 pm

When you look this up on your TV be sure to search for Indepedent Lens, Copyright Criminals is an episode of that show, there is alo another hip-hop episode coming on next after Copyright Criminals…


sasha January 15, 2010 at 12:44 pm

the first trailer i saw of this was November 14, 2007…thats the date i posted it…can’t believe it’s not finished yet…


DB January 26, 2010 at 4:48 am

A track resuming all samples / sampling / copyrights issues.
watch ”Sampling” prod DB.


The Professional July 9, 2010 at 8:19 pm

Hey where can i get this video?


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