Creative License Book Tour | DC

Creative License: The Law of Culture and Digital Sampling is a compelling new book that explores the complexities and contradictions in how music samples are licensed within the current copyright landscape. Including interviews with more than 100 stakeholders in the sampling community – from David Byrne, Cee-Lo Green, George Clinton, De La Soul, DJ Premier, DJ Qbert, Eclectic Method, El-P, Girl Talk, Matmos, Mix Master Mike, Negativland, Public Enemy, RZA, Clyde Stubblefield and T.S. Monk – Creative License puts digital sampling into an historical, cultural, and legal context.

Future of Music Coalition (FMC) is proud to collaborate with authors Kembrew McLeod and Peter DiCola, Duke University Press, and Words Beats and Life to celebrate the release of Creative License with a Washington, DC event featuring DiCola and special guests.

What: Book conversation & panel with co-author Peter DiCola, Producer/DJ Roddy Rod, and DJ 2-Tone Jones, Producer & Co-creator of Shaolin Jazz
When: Saturday, April 16, 2011
Time: 5:30 - 7:00 PM
Where: Busboys and Poets, 14th and V Streets NW, Washington, DC

Creative License describes hip-hop during its sample-heavy golden age in the 1980s and early 1990s; the lawsuits that shaped U.S. copyright law on sampling; and the complicated licensing process that musicians must now navigate. Observing that the same dynamics create problems for today’s remixers, the authors conclude by examining ideas for reform.

Additional events | Official Creative License website

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Future of Music Coalition is a national non-profit education, research and advocacy organization that seeks a bright future for creators and listeners. FMC works towards this goal through continuous interaction with its primary constituency — musicians — and in collaboration with other creator/public interest groups.

About Words Beats & Life
Founded in 2002, Words Beats & Life transforms individuals and whole communities through the core elements of hip-hop culture.  At the heart of all that we do is the belief that hip-hop can serve as the necessary filter between hope and despair for the youth of the District of Columbia.

Busboys and Poets
2021 14th Street NW
Washington, DC, 20009
United States

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Praise for the book

“Kembrew McLeod and Peter DiCola have written a masterful exploration of the complex creative, financial, and legal issues raised by digital sampling. Their book should be required reading for anyone with a serious interest in music copyright.”—Jessica Litman, author of Digital Copyright

“The fact that a seemingly simplistic artistic notion—of collecting, meshing, and arranging previously recorded sounds—would eventually result in a sharp and comprehensive book, Creative License, and companion film, Copyright Criminals, is mind boggling. This study is a work of art in itself, so solid that it may leave no other choice but to be sampled as well.”—Chuck D, co-founder of Public Enemy