Kembrew McLeod is an associate professor of communication studies at the University of Iowa and an independent documentary filmmaker.
Kembrew McLeod is an associate professor of communication studies at the University of Iowa and an independent documentary filmmaker. His books and films focus on both popular music and the cultural impact of intellectual property law. McLeod’s Freedom of Expression®: Resistance and Repression in the Age of Intellectual Property received the American Library Association’s Oboler book award for best scholarship in the area of intellectual freedom in 2006. He co-authored with Northwestern Law Professor Peter DiCola the book Creative License: The Law and Culture of Digital Sampling, as well as the co-edited the anthology Cutting Across Media: Interventionist Collage, Appropriation Art, and Copyright Law, with Rudolf Kuenzli (both will be published by Duke University Press early-2011). McLeod’s documentary, Money For Nothing: Behind the Business of Pop Music, was programmed at the 2002 South by Southwest Film Festival and the 2002 New England Film and Video Festival, where it received the Rosa Luxemburg Award for Social Consciousness. His second documentary, Freedom of Expression®, is a companion to the book of the same name, and was also distributed by the Media Education Foundation. Most recently, he co-produced the documentary Copyright Criminals, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and aired on PBS’s Emmy Award-winning documentary series, Independent Lens. McLeod’s music and cultural criticism have appeared in Rolling Stone, New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Wilson Quarterly, Village Voice, MOJO, SPIN, and the New Rolling Stone Album Guide.