Do law and art mix? Can you own a sound? It depends on who you ask. For over 30 years, innovative hip-hop performers having been re-using portions of previously recorded material in new and otherwise original composition. But when record company lawyers got involved, everything changed. Trace the rise of hip-hop from the urban streets of New York to its current status as a multi-billion-dollar industry.
USA, 2009, video, documentary, 55 minutes. Directors: Benjamin Franzen and Kembrew McLeod
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