Copyright Killed the Real Rap Stars?

In this interview with Chuck D & Hank Shocklee of Public Enemy, you get a sense of the history of copyright and lawyers invading the world of hip-hop and the actual effect it had on the sound of Public Enemy (probably other bands as well. I think of Beastie Boy’s wall of sound-heavy Paul’s Boutique as another example of an album that was pre-clearance era). By corporate consent, all rap artists now face clearing with a payment every fragment, no matter how small, they resue from a pre-existing recording.

I’m not sure how this relates to webcomics but it is an interesting perspective on the massive debate going on over copyright in this country which ultimately affects all artists.


Xaviar Xerexes

Wandering webcomic ronin. Created Comixpedia (2002-2005) and ComixTalk (2006-2012; 2016-?). Made a lot of unfinished comics and novels.