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April 10, 2009

Pre-release Screening of “Copyright Criminals” Comes to UO Portland April 15

The University of Oregon in Portland will host a free pre-release screening of the documentary, Copyright Criminals: This Is A Sampling Sport at 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 15, at the UO Portland Center’s White Stag Building, located at 70 Northwest Couch Street.
 
This lively one-hour documentary focuses on copyright law, hip-hop music, and “sampling.” According to the documentary’s Web site the film, “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.'”
 
Filmmaker Kembrew McLeod also will be in attendance and will take part in an open Q&A session with the audience following the film’s screening. Also in attendance will be musician Dave Allen, founder of the 1980s post-punk UK band Gang of Four.
 
Blender magazine’s review of the film states, “an amazing documentary on the history of sampling…it kicks you in the head with how radically the sampler redefined music…”
 
For more information on Copyright Criminals, please visit www.copyrightcriminals.com/.

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