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CRASHING THE SPECTACLE: A FORGOTTEN HISTORY OF DIGITAL SAMPLING, INFRINGEMENT, COPYRIGHT LIBERATION AND THE END OF RECORDED MUSIC

By Kembrew McLeod

This article explored KFL (Kopyright Liberation Front) and their struggle to comprehend and abide to Copyright laws in regards to their unique music-related practices. They started in the remixing, mashing and sampling world in 1987 and since then have achieved quite an underground name for themselves. McLeod follows the triumphs and lows that KFL had with the legal system and their personal opinions on the music sharing community we live in currently.

McLeod mentions KFL’s prediction that technology would revolutionize the Music Industry and the ways in which music would be made. Now we see people making music in the privacy of their own home. These predictions were completely true. KFL seem to be radicals in everything they stood for and everything they did. McLeod also mentions a story in which the KFL crew put a carcass on the red carpet at the British Music Awards – I see it as making a statement and being entrepreneurs, some see it as unnecessary and attention seeking.

Throughout the piece, the author also includes quotes and KFL idealisms. It is proposed at one point that the Music Industry stop going down the route they are going and start again. This also makes sense to me. The emphasis on making good music has been replaced with that of making money through using Music within a business market. I believe this needs to be reversed once again.

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