Can you own a sound? This 2009 documentary examines the creative and commercial value of musical sampling, including related debates over artistic expression, copyright law, and money. Copyright Criminals features many of hip-hop music’s founding figures, including Public Enemy, De La Soul, and Digital Underground, as well as emerging artists. The film is by Benjamin Franzen, an Atlanta-based photographer and video producer, and Kembrew McLeod, an independent documentary filmmaker and associate professor of communication studies at the University of Iowa.
The screening is on Thursday, October 21, at 6 p.m. in the Charles E. Young Research Library Presentation Room. Admission is free, and seating is unreserved.