Copyright Criminals, free screening

a documentary by Benjamin Franzen & Kembrew McLeod
Can you own a sound? It depends who you ask. For more than thirty years, innovative hip-hop performers from Public Enemy to De La Soul have been re-using portions of previously recorded music in new and otherwise original compositions. But when record company lawyers got involved everything changed. What was once referred to as “borrowed melody” became a “copyright infringement.” Trace the rise of hip-hop from the urban streets of New York to its current status as a multibillion-dollar industry. (70 minutes)
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2009 at 6:00PM
3161 Burgundy St. New Orleans, LA 70117
FREE Admission
NEW ORLEANS COMMUNITY CINEMA is a monthly screening series, that pairs independently produced documentary films, on timely and important social issues, with leading organizations working on related issues in communities across the country. Community Cinema screenings are followed by a short panel discussion, featured speakers, or other presentations.
Ashlye Keaton, The ELLA Project
Chuck “Lyrikill” Jones, The Soundclash
Betty Washington, HIP HOP Teen Magazine
Jerald L. White, Charitable Film Network

HOSTED BY CHARITABLE FILM NETWORK, Antenna, HIPHOP Teen Magazine, Public Broadcasting Service, Corporation for Public Broadcasting and Independent Television Service.

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