Media Matters

Kembrew McLeod, professor

 

Our guest this week is Kembrew McLeod. A journalist, activist, artist, and professor in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Iowa, McLeod is the author of Freedom of Expression: Overzealous Copyright Bozos and Other Enemies of Creativity (Doubleday/Random House, 2005) and Owning Culture: Authorship, Ownership, and Intellectual Property Law (Peter Lang, 2001) and has written music criticism for Rolling Stone, TheVillage Voice, Spin, and Mojo. In 1998 McLeod trademarked the phrase "Freedom of Expression" as a way to comment on how intellectual property law is increasingly being used to fence off the culture and restrict the way we're allowed to express ideas. He is also the coproducer of a 2001 documentary on the music industry, Money for Nothing: Behind the Business of Pop Music, and a documentary on intellectual property law, Copyright Criminals (2005).