Stay Free! | March 7
carrie at stayfreemagazine.org
Sun Mar 7 22:24:55 EST 2004
SONY SENDS LEGAL THREATS TO ILLEGAL ART ISP
If there's anything more mind-numbing than dealing with legal threats
it's writing about them, so I'll keep this short: Capitol/EMI seems
to have backed off on its threats to sue us (and others that have
posted DJ Danger Mouse's Grey Album) but now Sony has stepped forward
with threats of its own. There are, after all, two sets of copyright
for every music recording: rights to the composition and rights to
the master recording. EMI owns the rights to the master recording of
the Beatles' White Album (which the Grey Album samples) but Sony owns
the compositions. This past week, lawyers at Sony/ATM told our
internet service provider (ISP) to take down the Grey Album
recordings from the Illegal Art Exhibit site or risk legal action.
Our ISP complied, but we're now happy to report that we've moved the
site to another web host. The Grey Album is once again now available,
along with other "infringing" works, at http://www.illegal-art.org.
Thanks to our ace legal team (EFF, Kurt Opsahl, and Kohel Haver) and
the <http://www.onlinepolicy.org/>Online Policy <>Group for helping
get us back up.
MEANWHILE, HAPPIER LEGAL NEWS...
Stay Free! just received a contract asking us to approve the use of
Stay Free! issue #21 as set dressing for an upcoming Hollywood
production... which means that at some point during The Jacket
(starring Adrien Brody, Kris Kristofferson, and Jennifer Jason
Leigh), a copy of Stay Free! may appear. The fact that companies feel
they have to clear every copyrighted or trademarked item that appears
on screen is problematic but, hey, I've always wanted to be a product
INTERVIEW WITH CARRIE McLAREN OF STAY FREE!
(I did this a year ago but it's still mostly relevant. From the fine
zine Crimewave USA. )
UPCOMING NYC EVENTS
Saturday, March 13, 10:30 pm - Stay Free! is sponsoring a screening
of Wizard People and Harry Potter Parking Lot at the New York
Underground Film Festival. Hope to see you there! Anthology Film
Archives, 2nd Ave. at 2nd Street.
Wizard People: Brad Neely took the first Harry Potter movie, cut out
the sound, added his own narration and -- voila! -- Wizard People.
Apparently, the home-made mutation was so hilarious that NYUFF folks
leapt at the chance to show it. As I have yet to see it, I'll take
their word for it.
Harry Potter Parking Lot is another installment in Jeff Krulick's
"Parking Lot" series, this time documenting mega-fans waiting in line
to meet author JK Rowling. Memo to non-New Yorkers: you can watch
this short <http://www.planetkrulik.com/hppl.htm>online.
Saturday and Sunday, March 13-14,
<http://www.socialistscholars.org>Socialist Scholars Conference at
Cooper Union. Stay Free! will be tabling on both days.
Editor, Stay Free!
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