Stay Free! | The Man Can't Bust Our Music
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Thu Feb 12 11:58:23 EST 2004
EMI OUTLAWS 'GREY ALBUM' - DOWNLOAD IT NOW AT STAY FREE!'s ILLEGAL-ART.ORG!
DOWNHILL BATTLE (www.downhillbattle.org) -- DJ Danger Mouse's recent
Grey Album, which remixes Jay-Z's The Black Album and the Beatles
White Album, has been hailed as a innovative hip-hop triumph. Despite
that and the fact that only 3,000 copies of the album are in
circulation, EMI sent cease and desist letters yesterday to Danger
Mouse and the handful of stores that were selling the album,
demanding that the album be destroyed.
"EMI isn't looking for compensation, they're trying to ban a work of
art," said Downhill Battle's Rebecca Laurie.
"Special interests, including the major labels, have turned copyright
law into a weapon," said Downhill Battle co-founder Holmes Wilson.
"If Danger Mouse had requested permission and offered to pay
royalties, EMI still would have said no and the public would never
have been able to enjoy this critically acclaimed work. Artists are
being forced to break the law to innovate."
The Grey Album has been widely shared on file sharing networks such
as Kazaa and Soulseek, and has garnered critical acclaim in Rolling
Stone (which called it "the ultimate remix record" and "an ingenious
hip-hop record that sounds oddly ahead of its time"), the Boston
Globe (which called it the "most creatively captivating" album of the
year), and other major news outlets.
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