Creative License Book Tour | American University

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.

Please join the Washington, DC Chapter of the Copyright Society of the USA for “Creative License: Exploring the Music Sampling Marketplace” on Friday, April 15, 2011.

Professor Peter DiCola from Northwestern University Law School will give a lecture and multimedia presentation regarding Creative License: The Law and Culture of Digital Sampling. Professor DiCola’s lecture will be followed by comments from Professor Peter Jaszi of the American University Washington College of Law, Jay Rosenthal of the National Music Publishers Association (NMPA) and Casey Rae-Hunter, Senior Policy Strategist/Communications Director of Future of Music Coalition.

What: Lecture and presentation with co-author Peter DiCola
When: Friday, April 15, 2011
Time: 4:00-6:00 pm
Where: American University Washington College of Law (WCL), 4801 Massachusetts Avenue NW, 6th Floor, Washington, DC

The event will begin with drinks and appetizers at 4pm, followed by a lecture by Professor DiCola at 4:30 pm. A live webcast will be available through the WCL website. Parking will be available in the WCL garage.

For a description of the book, please see the Duke University Press website. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event.

To register for the event, please go to:

Please contact mwilliams [at] wcl [dot] american [dot] edu with any questions.

The Washington, DC Chapter of the Copyright Society of the USA is co-sponsoring this event with the American University Washington College of Law Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property (PIJIP) and the American University Center for Social Media.

50% discounts on Copyright Society membership will be available to anyone who joins the Society after attending the event, so please bring non-members!

American University, Washington College of Law
4801 Massachusetts Avenue NW 6th Floor
Washington, 20016
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