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Copyright Criminals: The Funky Drummer Edition (Box Set)

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The Copyright Criminals documentary explores the impact that sampling and remixing has had on modern musicians, veteran performers, and anyone who has listened to contemporary pop hits in the past 20 years. The film is a musical thrill ride, with an intricately layered soundtrack and visual montages that keep viewers moving in their seats. The Funky Drummer Edition includes the original documentary, plus featurettes spotlighting Public Enemy's Chuck D, James Brown Band drummer Clyde Stubblefield, and Cee-Lo Green along with the amazing video remix skills of Eclectic Method and other additional content. Copyright Criminals showcases many of hip-hop music s founding figures like Public Enemy, De La Soul, and Digital Underground along with emerging hip-hop artists from record labels Definitive Jux, Rhymesayers, Ninja Tune, and more. It also provides an in-depth look at artists who have been sampled, such as Clyde Stubblefield funk legend George Clinton. As artists find ever more inventive ways to insert old influences into new material, this documentary asks a critical question, on behalf of an entire creative community: Can you own a sound?

Copyright Criminals: The Funky Drummer Edition Box Set is the premier package for anyone interested in the history and art of sampling. In addition to the expanded double-disc DVD edition of Copyright Criminals, the box set boasts 45 Copyright Criminals All-Stars trading cards, the Copyright Criminals movie poster, stickers, and a 12-inch vinyl record of Clyde Stubblefield s Ultimate Breaks and Beats, pressed exclusively for the box set.

Box Set Includes:

Clyde Stubblefield s Ultimate Breaks and Beats 12-Inch Vinyl Record
Copyright Criminals All Stars Trading Cards
Movie Poster
Stickers

Double DVD Includes:

Copyright Criminals Documentary
The Art of Sampling With Cee-Lo Green (New Featurette)
The Funky Drummer in the Studio with Chuck D (New Featurette)
Eclectic Method Uncut Audio-Visual Remixes (15 Videos)
Fair Use Explained: Four Featurettes by the Center for Social Media
Extended Interviews with Chuck D, De La Soul, and Clyde Stubblefield
Music Player Featuring 15+ Songs from Copyright Criminals Soundtrack by El-P and RJD2
Clyde Stubblefield s Ultimate Breaks and Beats (Hi-Res WAV Files)
Copyright Criminals All Star Band Funky Drummer Remix Video
Copyright Criminals All Star Band Megamix Video

Interviewees: Public Enemy, De La Soul, George Clinton, Clyde Stubblefield, Eclectic Method, Mix Master Mike, Shock G, Pam the Funkstress, El-P, Mr. Len, Miho Hatori, DJ Spooky, Matt Black, Bobbito Garcia, Prefuse 73, Sage Francis, Prefuse 73, DJ Qbert, Eyedea & Abilities, Pete Rock, and Saul Williams.

Producers: Benjamin Franzen and Kembrew McLeod

Film Festival Premiere: Toronto International Film Festival, 2009 Television Broadcast Premiere: PBS, Independent Lens, 2010

Review

Producers Benjamin Franzen and Kembrew McLeod craft a compelling and insightful documentary illuminating both sides of a hotly debated issue: Should the original artists get paid when someone samples their work? Are current copyright laws out of step with our mashed-up, high-tech culture? Heavy hitters from the world of hip-hop such as Public Enemy's Chuck D and members of De La Soul weigh in, along with producers, lawyers ... and musicians. --USA Today

Benjamin Franzen and Kembrew McLeod's exceptionally smart and energetic documentary lays out the complexities of sampling artistic and political, legal and philosophical. Comprised of split screens, overlapping and overlaid sounds, an assemblage of images and noise, the movie effectively stages its argument even as it makes it. --Pop Matters

I have nothing but praise for the delivery of the message as well as the technical execution. The film covers the major points on both sides of the issue, and while didn t change my opinion on sampling, it did offer new points that I hadn t considered. That s exactly what a documentary should do. --The Salt Lake Tribune

Special Features

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Product Details

  • Actors: Public Enemy, De La Soul, George Clinton, Clyde Stubblefield, Eclectic Method
  • Directors: Benjamin Franzen
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Studio: IndiePix Films
  • DVD Release Date: March 29, 2011
  • Run Time: 348 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004QDS1VW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #253,836 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Andre S. Grindle TOP 1000 REVIEWER on February 21, 2010
Format: DVD
Honestly this is a movie that has been waiting to be made for over twenty years. Ever since the rise of sampling and most recently downloading the concept of what constitutes for "music" and what constitutes for "stealing" has been debated again and again. Usually when I've witnessed the discussion or it's baught up it's usually the anti group. This movie elegantly gathers together people from all side. Hip hop sample artists/scrachers themselves,recording engineerers,entertainment lawyers and even those musicians who've been sampled most all show up here to discuss the situation head on. You'll hear about people such as De La Soul,Biz Markie and Danger Mouse,all of whom had wounded up on the wrong side of the sampling question legally at one point or another and all of whom had different results for the ware. The anti group,most of whom happen to be lawyers do have a very concise opinion on sampling: that it's very lazy musicianship and that even an unidentifiable fragment of sound used for someones recording is plagerism. Through the use of overlapping visuals you also get great examples of the sampling process-hearing how everyone from James Brown,Led Zeppelin to The Jackson 5 would sound sampled or mashed up,as they call it for mixtapes. Sometimes the ears really do have it;by the time you finish hearing this and seeing the visuals of the individual acts presented as "visual sampling" as it is here you'll agree not only can you see how dancable,funky and creative it all sounds but individual as well-hardly sounds like outright plagerism at all. You also see how jazz musicians borrowed riffs and sound freely from eachother and how even The Beatles themselves were early samplers with many of their post 1967 musical experiences with tape loops and such.Read more ›
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From the packaging: "Copyright Criminals examines the creative and commercial value of musical sampling, tracing 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." As artists find ever more inventive ways to insert old influences info new material, this documentary asks critical question on behalf of an entire creative community: Can you own a sound?"

I thought this DVD was very thorough and comprehensive presenting the history of hip-hop and sampling, current uses, who is pushing the limits regarding copyright law, as well as presenting the "suits'" side of the law and the creative community's perspective. The DVD also includes a very impressive music-video-mashup that you have to see! I teach a class on copyright law and I use many clips from this project. Highly recommend.
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Given the people that the film-makers were interviewing, I had pretty high expectations for Copyright Criminals. In fact, I bought it based on the trailer and the interview subjects.

However, the film is ultimately only a good introduction to the issues around sample culture. It offers very little new to the discussion, and only lightly touches on considerations like Creative Commons or Negativland's experiences with copyright infringement.

Even the interviews with Stubblefield (from James Brown's band), while interesting, are bizarrely divided - he introduces himself and discusses being sampled, and then he does so again about a half-hour later. The "video sampling" that makes the film look cool in the first 15 minutes grows tiresome after a short while - mostly because the interviews are so insubstantial.

This is my first review on Amazon, but I felt compelled to provide it because, while the trailer suggests a great deal of interesting, toothy discussion, Copyright Criminals ultimately does not live up to its promise. I felt like the film-makers left a LOT of questions unasked and a lot of content still sitting on the table.
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