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Documentary Musical Rated: 13+ (PG-13)20091h 5mOn: Free Services Prime Video Tags: Music Country: America

Copyright Criminals examines the creative and commercial value of musical sampling, including the related debates over artistic expression, copyright law, and (of course) money. This documentary traces 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.” The film showcases many of hip-hop music’s founding figures like Public Enemy, De La Soul, and Digital Underground—while also featuring emerging hip-hop artists from record labels Definitive Jux, Rhymesayers, Ninja Tune, and more.Copyright Criminals featuring Aesop Rock and George Clinton is streaming with subscription on Prime Video, free on Tubi, free on VUDU, and 5 others. It's a documentary and musical movie with a better than average IMDb audience rating of 7.4 (229 votes).

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Benjamin Franzen

Benjamin Franzen


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Copyright Criminals has a better than average IMDb audience rating of 7.4 (229 votes). The movie is not at all popular with Reelgood users lately.

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