For centuries, musicians have borrowed and sampled from each other, creating musical evolution as they advance their own styles and careers. However, with each cycle of musical cross-fertilization comes attempts to police it.
A new comic book, “Theft! A History of Music” (James Boyle and Jennifer Jenkins/2017), dissects 2000 years of music history and its legacy of copyright and control.
Host Frank Stasio talks with James Boyle, co-writer of the book, and William Neal Reynolds, Professor of Law at Duke University, about the evolution of musical control from Gutenberg’s printing press to Kanye West’s hip-hop samples.