Copyright Criminals

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Film screening in San Francisco, CA, USA


Is sampling recorded music to create new works a form of artistic expression or, quite simply, a crime? [ Slayers Club] and The Hub of the JCCSF present three events in one – a film screening, expert discussion panel and live musical performance – all happening on Thursday, September 23rd at [ Mighty] (119 Utah St, San Francisco, CA).

As seen on PBS’s Independent Lens and at the Toronto International Film Festival, Copyright Criminals takes a close look at the creative and legal implications of sampling music in the digital age through the eyes of well-known artists, activists and industry insiders. Featuring interviews with Clyde Stubblefield (“The Funky Drummer”), Chuck D of Public Enemy, DJ Shadow and many more.

Steve Stein, aka [ Steinski], originally from Newark, New Jersey, rode the pulse of the New York City underground in the early 80’s and emerged as a cult hip-hop hero. Stein co-produced the series of records known as The Lessons for the Tommy Boy label. These analog tape cut-and-paste collages, still widely bootlegged (and wildly illegal), are generally acknowledged as three of the most influential works in the world of hip-hop and dance music production. Steinski has been cited as a definitive influence by music luminaries including DJ Shadow, Cut Chemist and Fatboy Slim.

The night will also feature live music performances by [ Amp Live], the Zion I producer who was recently entangled in a legal battle over his bootlegged Radiohead remix work, [ The Polish Ambassador], who has been called "the West Coast, more sophisticated version of Girl Talk" and local favorites Kid Kameleon (XLR8R, Surya Dub), prolific MC/DJ/Producer Joe Mousepad, Rich DDT (LoveTechSF) and the eclectic Slayers Club DJ's.

The film screening will be followed by an expert speakers panel including Steinski, Amp Live, hip-hop historian, Jeff Chang (, Tim Jones of the Electronic Frontier Foundation ( and entertainment lawyer Tony Berman ( panel will be moderated by ethnomusicologist Larisa Mann (aka DJ Ripley,

Fresh from appearances at Nightlife at the Academy of Science and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts is a fresh interactive music technology workshop by LoveTech SF (, including a multi-player, MIDI- controlled sampler system. Think Rock Band on steroids!

Also performing are local favorites Kid Kameleon (XLR8R Magazine, Surya Dub), MC/DJ/producer Joe Mousepad and, of course, the Slayers Club DJ's.

Local artist Nick Fregosi will paint live artwork outside the venue and b-boy collectives will perform intermittently on the dancefloor.

Doors at 7pm Film Screening at 8:30pm Panel Discussion at 9:30pm Steinski plays at 10:30pm to be followed by Amp Live, Polish Ambassador and Slayers Club DJ's

$8 in advance / $10 at the door [ Advance Tickets] available on September 1st