They Say That I Stole This

Friday, March 12, 2010


Twenty years ago a series of lawsuits criminalized the hip-hop sampling of artists like Hank Shocklee and Public Enemy. And yet, two decades later, artists like Girl Talk have found success breaking those same sampling laws. OTM producer Jamie York talks to Girl Talk, Shocklee and Duke Law professor James Boyle about two decades of sampling - on both sides of the law.

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“They Say That I Stole This” reported on the 12th of march 2010. This article is basically about how a young man by the name of Gregg Gillis manipulates and samples music to make it into his own. A lot of people are considering this theft but in reality no one can really can stop them.
I believe that what there doing is legal there not copying the whole song so what’s 10 sec of a james brown record or a snoop dog album. these top of the line executives just wan to squeeze money out of every possible facet they can get.
I can also see where the executives are coming from but they have to realize that you will never be able to catch every single person that samples their music. Technology is so advanced now days its almost impossible.
I think this report is very informative because i never knew that this was a problem going on.

Apr. 28 2011 02:08 PM
Daniel Bashian

these demos sound a whole lot like a mixed track than anything else. parts from other peoples song put together to create a new song is not stealing, but it isnt original art. it is merely paraphrasing if you will the original artists beats and lyrics. if sample artists are using other peoples music they samplers should have to pay the original artist for the use of their music. yet how do you copyright a beat or tune? is that possible?

Apr. 28 2011 04:19 AM
dj food stamp from eugene

cool episode, but but what Girl Talk does is NOTHING like Shocklee. Bomb Squad really did a collage, really worked their samples, really worked on obscurity and hiding and meshing, and PE is political about it....Girl Talk is just trying to make money, he's takes the most important parts of some of the most important songs and tries to put his name to it, yet he relies TOO much on the aura of previous works. I am pro sample, pro creative commons, but GT does shame to the idea of fair use and sampling as an ART FORM. I have a HUGE problem w/ people glorifying what he does when you should maybe laud the software he uses (which does most of the work) rather than the so called "artist."

Mar. 17 2010 01:56 PM
Michael The K from U.S.A.

I rarely buy music. I pay for SiriusXM and listen to most of the music I enjoy that way (also get NPR that way since I'm not served by a local affiliate). I have purchased 2 of Girl Talks CDs. I'd listened to his music as MP3s and wanted to support his work (got a tangible form of his music for my support). This is a great report on how the record companies failed. They were looking out for themselves, not their artists or the fans. The artists are surviving. Fans are happy. Record companies are fading.

In 1989 the world cheered when a government that tried to control its people collapsed. The world will continue to cheer as record companies collapse because they fail their artists and fans. Don't blame the people for your failed business model.

Mar. 14 2010 10:38 PM

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