Feb 25, 2004

YESTERDAY'S FAT AND GREY AND SEEMS SO FAR AWAY
Like the beads with rain and Jay Z with The Beatles, Mardi Gras and Grey Tuesday fell together yesterday for Bourbon Street and The Grey Album, respectively.
Facts:
DJ Dangermouse took Jay Z's The Black Album and put them over revised music from The Beatles' The White Album and got The Grey Album.
200 music download sites offered pickings from The Grey Album and downloads have EXPLODED. DJ Dangermouse forgot one tiny detail: clearing the rights to sample either Jay Z or The Beatles.

"Downhill Battle (a music activist group) says it has the 'fair-use right to post this music under current copyright law and the public has a fair-use right to hear it'."

Downhill Battle hopes Grey Tuesday will reveal "how the major record labels stifle creativity and try to manipulate the public's access to music, and it's the perfect way to explain to non-experts why the copyright system needs to be reformed."

The "copyright system" may need reforming, but as it is I don't think Fair Use has the breadth and teeth to get DJ Dangermouse through this one.


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