New Book! Creative License: The Law and Culture of Digital Sampling Features Hank Shocklee

Co-authors Kembrew McLeod and Peter DiCola analyze the music industry’s approach to digital sampling: past, present, and future in their new book, Creative License: The Law and Culture of Digital Sampling.

Creative License explores the complexities and contradictions in how music samples are licensed within the current copyright landscape. It includes 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, Chuck D, RZA, Clyde Stubblefield, T.S. Monk and our very own Hank Shocklee.

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 labyrinthine licensing process that musicians must now navigate. Observing that the same dynamics creating problems for remixers now reverberate throughout all culture industries, the authors conclude by examining ideas for reform.

Kembrew McLeod is Associate Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Iowa. He is the author of Freedom of Expression®: Resistance and Repression in the Age of Intellectual Property and Owning Culture: Authorship, Ownership, and Intellectual Property Law, and co-creator of the documentary film Copyright Criminals.

Peter DiCola is Assistant Professor at Northwestern University School of Law. He is a board member and former Research Director of the Future of Music Coalition.

The Future of Music Coalition, Duke University Press, Words Beats and Life and the authors are collaborating on a book tour to coincide with the release, Peter DiCola [Assistant Professor of Law at Northwestern University] will be speaking at a number of locations around the country:

Friday, April 15 [Washington, DC]
Peter DiCola @ American University, Washington College of Law – 4:00-6:00p
Open reception + lecture/panel discussion, sponsored by the Copyright Society, the Glushko Samuelson Clinic, and the Center for Social Media. Following DiCola’s lecture and multimedia presentation, Professor Peter Jaszi, Jay Rosenthal of the National Music Publishers Association (NMPA) and FMC Senior Policy Strategist & Communications Director Casey Rae-Hunter will join in the conversation with comments. The event begins with drinks and appetizers at 4:00p and is scheduled to end at 6:00p. A live webcast will also be available via WCL website. More details and RSVP

Saturday, April 16 [Washington, DC]
Words Beats & Life and FMC present Peter DiCola with Producer/DJ Roddy Rod at
Busboys and Poets at 14th & V St NW. – 5:30-7:00p – More details and Register

Monday, April 18 [Philadelphia]
Peter DiCola at Temple University

Tuesday, April 19 [Philadelphia]
Peter DiCola has a Junto conversation at P’unk Ave with Maxx Stoyanoff
Williams from Black Landlord. 6:00-8:00p – More details

Wednesday, April 20 [Philadelphia]
Peter DiCola at Drexel University Music Industry Program

Thursday, April 21 [Binghamton, NY]
Peter DiCola at Riverread Bookstore – 6:30p

Tuesday, April 26 [Iowa City, IA]
Peter DiCola and Kembrew McLeod at Prairie Lights Bookstore

This is a must read for all those interested in the topic of sampling and the chaotic legal world behind it. For more updates on the book tour dates visit the Future of Music website and for more on the book check out the Creative License official site.


Photo of Keith Shocklee: Harry Allen

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