This 18-minute video essay relates the history of the ‘amen break’ — the 6 second drum sample that formed the basis for most jungle music, and continued to be used in experimental drum and bass. But what makes this documentary so fascinating, and relevant for people who have no interest in jungle, is the way Nate Harrison uses the story to argue that ‘over-protecting intellectual property is just as harmful as under-protecting it.’ In other words,¬†culture is more productive and varied when copyright laws fail to prevent elements of the past entering the public domain. The video is from 2004 but seems to have lost none of its relevance.

 

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