Creative License: The Law and Culture of Digital Sampling coverby Kembrew McLeod and Peter DiCola, with Kristin Thomson ’89 contributing

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? The music industry’s approach to digital sampling — the act of incorporating snippets of existing recordings into new ones — holds the answers.

ISBN-13: 978-0822348757. Published by Duke University Press (March 2011).