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How Music Got Free

Mar 14, 2024

5:30pm – 6:51pm CT

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"How Music Got Free" tells the gripping true story of Dell Glover, a CD factory worker from Shelby, North Carolina, who led the music piracy revolution by collaborating with a group of teen hackers. The film explores the rise and fall of piracy groups, legal battles, FBI investigations, and the impact on artists and executives. It delves into the secret history of the music industry and the true patient zero of music piracy. Narrated by Method Man with interviews from Eminem, 50 Cent, Rocsi Diaz, Timbaland and more, it captures the clash between traditional music distribution and the digital revolution.

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photo of Alexandria Stapleton



Alexandria Stapleton


Philip Byron, Marshall Mathers, Paul Rosenberg, LeBron James, Maverick Carter, Steve Stoute, Jamal Henderson, Bridgette Theriault, Dan Sacks, James Chapman, Steve Berman, John Janick, Anthony Seyler, Stephen Witt, Alexandria Stapleton, Bruce Gillmer, Michael Maniaci, Malik Johnson


Robby Piantanida


Bryan Monroe Simpson, Maximilien Blanc, Jason Harper, Max Allman, Rosella Tursi, Robby Piantanida, Paul Greenhouse, Genea Gaudot

Principal Cast:

Dell Glover, Marshall Mathers, Method Man, Rocsi Diaz, Timbaland, Stephen Witt, Hillary Rosen, Riggs Morales , Rhymefest , Steve Stoute

Additional Credits:

Co Executive Producer: Naomi Wright, Co Executive Producer: James Thayer, Co Executive Producer: Stevenson Waite, Co Executive Producer: Stacy Scripter, Senior Producer: Funmi Akinyode, Senior Producer: Kate Bolger, Executive in Charge of Production: Vicky Bramley, Production Legal: Aaron Holbert, Talent Producer: Krystyn Price




Publicity Contact:

Anthony Mclaughlin

Primary Access
Platinum Badge
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Secondary Access
Music Badge
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81 mins
Closed Captioned
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