Daily Archives: January 18, 2009
Do law and art mix?
What does stealing sound like?
Can you own a sound?
Announcing the Documentary Trailer Debut of COPYRIGHT CRIMINALS: click here to view
Filmmakers Benjamin Franzen and Kembrew McLeod proudly announce the debut of the trailer for Copyright Criminals: This Is a Sampling Sport, a new documentary about digital sampling’s head-on collision with copyright law.
This trailer debut will be followed by a national screening tour of cities, college campuses, and film festivals beginning in Spring 2009 and continuing through 2010.
Visit copyrightcriminals.com for screening dates (to be announced), locations, and to watch the trailer now.
Copyright Criminals features many of Hip Hop music’s celebrated figures — including Public Enemy, De La Soul, the Beastie Boys, and Digital Underground — as well as emerging artists from record labels Definitive Jux, Rhymesayers, Ninja Tune, and more. The documentary also provides an in-depth look at artists who have been sampled, such as James Brown’s former drummer Clyde Stubblefield, as well as commentary by another highly sampled musician, Funk legend George Clinton.
O’Bryan came on the music scene in 1982 with a debut on Capitol Records that Don Cornelius helped to make happen. That album Doin Alright had the hit song “The Gigolo” and it began the comparisons to Prince that every multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter has fielded since 1981. “I’m Freaky” came from his second album You And I which also had a single by the same name that was originally performed and penned by Stevie Wonder. His 1984 album Be My Lover contains the popular singles “Lovelite” and “Lady I Love You”. His final album for Capitol was released in 1986 and spawned his last hit single “Tenderoni” and then he disappeared for a while. In 2007 he released First which exhibits his lasting capacity for ballads. His early stuff is classic and can be heard daily on any old school station in the country. The North Carolina native still makes music and keeps a Myspace page.