How did the Depression-era folk-song collector Alan Lomax end up with a songwriting credit on Jay-Z’s song “Takeover”?
Why doesn’t Clyde Stubblefield, the primary drummer on James Brown recordings from the late 1960s such as “Funky Drummer” and “Cold Sweat,” get paid for other musicians’ frequent use of the beats he performed on those songs? read more
June Besek and Kembrew McLeod at FMC’s "Creative License" panel discussion.
Regular readers might already be familiar with media professor and documentary filmmaker Kembrew McLeod. A longtime FMC associate, Kembew is the co-author of our upcoming book Creative License, which examines the issue of sampling through extensive interviews with artists and producers on all sides of the debate. Look for it on Duke University Press in fall 2009. read more
Over at Idolator, they’ve taken a look at whether Girl Talk’s sampling would constitute “fair use” under current copyright law (they think it wouldn’t). A follow-up post by a lawyer friend of Idolator’s goes into more detail on so-called “transformative uses.” Not long ago, FMC published our own post about GT (aka Greg Gillis) that examined the hurdles he’d have to go to license all of the uses, and also described how current copyright law protects artists who don’t want their music used. (Idolator actually referenced our analysis in a couple of recent posts.) It’s an extraordinarily complex issue, for which there’s no easy fix. That’s why we say that ongoing dialogue between all parties is probably the best way forward.
We just wrapped up our events at The Public Theater in New York on October 6, both of which went extremely well. It was a long day for staff, what with our What’s the Future for Musicians? seminar and Creative License panel discussion taking place essentially back-to-back (with an awesome cocktail party in between). Still, it was a blast, and attendees were excited about the range of information offered in both the presentations and breakout sessions. read more
Washington, DC â€“ Future of Music Coalition announces panelist and programming details for its upcoming musician education events: “What’s the Future for Musicians” in Chicago on September 22; “What’s the Future for Musicians” in New York City on October 6 ; and “Creative License”, a panel discussion about sampling and fair use, also in NYC on October 6. read more
Watch the archived webcast here!
As part of a multi-part discussion series, FMC and media professor Kembrew McLeod (University of Iowa) hosted Creative License: a Conversation About Music, Sampling and Fair Use — a panel discussion that took place at The Public Theater in New York City on Monday, October 6, 2008 at 6:00 PM. read more
Washington, DC â€“ Future of Music Coalition is gearing up for events through 2008 and 2009 that will examine the crucial issues at the intersection of music, technology, policy and law. Expanding on seminars held earlier this year in upstate New York, FMC is organizing forums in Chicago, New York City and Washington, D.C. The seminars will be guided by a core group of presenters with a wide range of expertise related to music promotion and distribution, web development, policy, copyright and law. Attendees will have an opportunity to interact with peer-experts in breakout sessions and roundtable discussions. The “What’s The Future for Musicians?” series is co-presented by the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago, and the Public Theater in New York City.