SXSW 2024

Hip-Hop at 50: Protecting and Promoting Culture


2023 marked the official fiftieth anniversary of Hip-Hop, a uniquely American art form popular the world over, encompassing MCing, DJing, breakdancing, graffiti art, and beatboxing. In this sixty-minute session, learn from the U.S. Copyright Office, experts, and practitioners about how Hip-Hop has influenced creators across the world and how practitioners themselves can use and reuse work responsibly.

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  1. How copyright can be used by creators to protect their work and what to do when someone takes their work without permission
  2. How to sample and license works responsibly, including what to look for in beat store contracts and show venues
  3. The broad influence of Hip-Hop in popular culture both nationally and internationally



Holland Gormley, Public Affairs Specialist, U.S. Copyright Office

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Music Careers
  • Track 2
  • Level: Beginner

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