Creative License: The Law and Culture of Digital Sampling by Kembrew McLeod,Peter DiCola,Jenny Toomey,Kristin Thomson

By Kembrew McLeod,Peter DiCola,Jenny Toomey,Kristin Thomson

How did the Depression-era folk-song collector Alan Lomax turn out with a songwriting credits on Jay-Z’s track “Takeover”? Why doesn’t Clyde Stubblefield, the first drummer on James Brown recordings from the overdue Nineteen Sixties resembling “Funky Drummer” and “Cold Sweat,” receives a commission for different musicians’ common use of the beats he played on these songs? The track industry’s method of electronic sampling—the act of incorporating snippets of latest recordings into new ones—holds the solutions. Exploring the complexities and contradictions in how samples are approved, Kembrew McLeod and Peter DiCola interviewed greater than a hundred musicians, managers, legal professionals, pros, newshounds, and students. in response to these interviews, Creative License places electronic sampling into old, cultural, and felony context. It describes hip-hop in the course of its sample-heavy golden age within the Nineteen Eighties and early Nineties, the court cases that formed U.S. copyright legislation on sampling, and the labyrinthine licensing procedure that musicians needs to now navigate. The authors argue that the present process for licensing samples is inefficient and bounds creativity. for example, by means of estimating the present-day licensing charges for the Beastie Boys’ Paul’s Boutique (1989) and Public Enemy’s Fear of a Black Planet (1990), albums from hip-hop’s golden age, the authors exhibit that neither album can be published commercially at the present time. gazing that an identical dynamics that create difficulties for remixers now reverberate all through all tradition industries, the authors finish through reading rules for reform.

Interviewees include David Byrne, Cee Lo eco-friendly, George Clinton, De l. a. Soul, DJ most suitable, DJ Qbert, Eclectic technique, El-P, lady speak, Matmos, combine grasp Mike, Negativland, Public Enemy, RZA, Clyde Stubblefield, T.S. Monk.

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