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The Grey Album

Posted by nszyngie on 2004-02-20 13:02:24
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http://www.illegal-art.org/audio/grey.html

Check the album at the link above, and for more info. I am listening to it now, and its pretty good. Some more info below . . .

Historic Online Protest
It's time for music fans to stand up and demand change from the
music industry's copyright cartel.

Tuesday, February 24 will be a day of coordinated civil disobedience:
websites will post Danger Mouse's Grey Album on their site for 24 hours
in protest of EMI's attempts to censor this work.

DJ Danger Mouse created a remix of Jay-Z's the Black Album and the
Beatles White Album, and called it the Grey Album. Jay-Z's record label,
Roc-A-Fella, released an a capella version of his Black Ablum specifically
to encourage remixes like this one. But despite praise from music fans
and major media outlets like Rolling Stone ("an ingenious hip-hop
record that sounds oddly ahead of its time") and the Boston Globe
(which called it the "most creatively captivating" album of the year),
EMI has sent cease and desist letters demanding that stores destroy
their copies of the album and websites remove them from their site.
EMI claims copyright control of the Beatles 1968 White Ablum.

Danger Mouse’s album is one of the most "respectful" and undeniably
positive examples of sampling; it honors both the Beatles and Jay-Z.
Yet the lawyers and bureaucrats at EMI have shown zero flexibility and
not a glimmer of interest in the artistic significance of this work. And
without a clearly defined right to sample (e.g. compulsory licensing),
the five major record labels will continue to use copyright in a
reactionary and narrowly self-interested manner that limits and erodes
creativity. Their actions are also self-defeating: good new music is
being created that people want to buy, but the major labels are so
obsessed with hoarding their copyrights that they are literally turning
customers away.

This first-of-its-kind protest signals a refusal to let major label lawyers
control what musicians can create and what the public can hear. The
Grey Album is only one of the thousands of legitimate and valuable
efforts that have been stifled by the record industry-- not to mention
the ones that were never even attempted because of the current legal
climate. We cannot allow these corporations to continue censoring art;
we need common-sense reforms to copyright law that can make
sampling legal and practical for artists.

The Grey Tuesday protest is being organized by Downhill Battle, a
music activism project that has no affiliation with Danger Mouse.
Downhill Battle Press Contact
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