Lord Finesse's suit against Mac Miller raises questions about the future of the hip-hop mixtape 

"A common misconception is that just because downloadable mixtapes are available for free, they're somehow avoiding being copyright infringements; that's not the case."

It was surprising, if not unprecedented, when rapper and producer Lord Finesse sued Mac Miller last year over a sample on Miller's 2010 K.I.D.S. mixtape. Conventional wisdom once said that mixtapes were generally safe from copyright suits, as they're distributed for free…

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