Copyright Criminals
(ON DEMAND)

DIRECTED BY - Benjamin Franzen

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Film Info

RUNTIME - 54 minutes

RATING - Not Rated

YEAR - 2009

FORMAT - DVD Region All

COUNTRY - United States

LANGUAGE - English

ATTRIBUTES - Color

SPECIAL FEATURES (DVD Only) -

CAST  
Chuck D Himself
De La Soul Himself
George Clinton Himself
DJ Q-Bert Himself
Clyde Stubblefield Himself
Mix Master Mike Himself
Steve Albini Himself
El-P Himself
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Director

Benjamin Franzen

Producer

Benjamin Franzen

Cinematographer

Benjamin Franzen

Executive Producer

Kembrew McLeod

Additional Editing

Sarah Franzen

Additional Editing

Video Rahim

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starstarstarhalf a starentertaining, fun, but got stuck in the end a bit

written by mc2 on Mar 11th, 2018read all my reviews

this review is from: Copyright Criminals (ON DEMAND)

A nice, playfull, fun and entertaining documentary about sampling culture.
In the end i missed a turning point or a twist, but anyway fun to watch. T
he filmmakers were a bit to much fokused to make a music-video-like film, to have fancy cool pictures and cutting, but didn`t show so much the process, making music and the creative process of the artist. - so that`s why four stars
thanks

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starstarstarhalf a starBecause Stravinsky Said It

written by brad on May 17th, 2011read all my reviews

this review is from: Copyright Criminals (ON DEMAND)

This is the most comprehensive and precise visual record about the ongoing argument over the "borrowing" of audio records. Is there such thing as the "art of sampling"? Is a turntable even an "instrument"? To legal authorities, these questions are unimportant. The re-use of previously recorded sounds is legally consequential though, and this film gives valuable arguments for why this should or should NOT be. As a music fanatic, this film gives further insight into not just the history of sampling but also the legal functions behind this controversial topic. Franzen uses his talents (along with visual and audio mixing by Eclectic Method) to create both a visually and auditorially engaging piece. An important work to be placed in the archive along with Clyde Stubblefield.

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starstarstarhalf a starThou Shall Sort Of Steal

written by sal on Apr 21st, 2011read all my reviews

this review is from: Copyright Criminals (ON DEMAND)

Thoroughly fascinating and consistently entertaining, Benjamin Franzen's "Copyright Criminals" is a strong argument for both sides of music sampling. The director's skillful merging of talking heads from media professors and entertainment lawyers to DJs, hip-hop stars and musicians, creates a sampling in itself that for just under an hour, shows the viewer the ups and downs of this wildly popular artform. Benjamin Franzen's "Copyright Criminals" is essential.

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