Stay Free! | March 7

Carrie McLaren carrie at stayfreemagazine.org
Sun Mar 7 22:24:55 EST 2004


Posted at:
http://www.stayfreemagazine.org/public/index.html



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 
placement.



INTERVIEW WITH CARRIE McLAREN OF STAY FREE!

http://www.crimewaveusa.com/pages/articlepages/stayfree.html
(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.



-- 
Carrie McLaren
Editor, Stay Free!
www.stayfreemagazine.org
www.illegal-art.org
718.398.9324
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