Digital Music Sampling: Creativity Or Criminality?

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Dean Garfield, president and CEO, Information Technology Industry Council, Washington, D.C.

Kembrew McLeod, associate professor, department of communication, University of Iowa, co-producer, "Copyright Criminals" (ITVS, 2009), co-author, "Creative License: The Law and Culture of Digital Sampling" (Duke University Press, 2011), Iowa City, Iowa

Hank Shocklee, president, Shocklee Entertainment, co-founder and producer, Public Enemy

The advent of the sampler in the '80s brought a long tradition of musical borrowing into the digital age. Today, "sampling," or repurposing a snippet of another artist's music, is mainstream. Is sampling theft, or is copyright law making creativity a crime?

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