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PBS at the TV Critics Press Tour | McLeod / Franzen ...

As part of PBS's coverage of the 2009 Television Critics Association Press Tour (Aug 1-2, 2009), we conducted interviews with a variety of people associated with upcoming PBS programs, and the TV critics & bloggers covering the television industry. Here, video blogger Zadi Diaz (www.epicfu.com) interviews filmmakers Benjamin Franzen and Kembrew McLeod from the INDEPENDENT LENS documentary "Copyright Criminals." http://www.pbs.org/independentlens Computers, software and even cell phones have radically altered our relationship to mass culture and technology, providing consumers with the tools to become producers, or remixers, of their own media. But long before everyday people began posting their video mash-ups on the Web, hiphop musicians perfected the art of audio montage through a sport they called sampling. "Copyright Criminals," a documentary by Benjamin Franzen and Kembrew McLeod, examines the creative and commercial value of musical sampling, including the ongoing debates about artistic expression, copyright law and (of course) money.
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