Grey Tuesday!!

by phil on Tuesday Feb 24, 2004 7:27 PM
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Grey Tuesday - is an online protest of EMI's efforts to deep-6 creativity, and I'm participatin!

Succinct summary of the argument: philosophistry "is grey today because I believe that musical sampling without prior consent of the copyright holder should be legally allowed because it does our society more good than harm." (credit)

Here are the mp3s of DJ Danger Mouse's Grey Album to show my support of this one-of-a-kind protest. (Read my discussion of the album here).

  1. Public Service Announcement
  2. What More Can I Say
  3. Encore
  4. December 4th
  5. 99 Problems
  6. Dirt Off Your Shoulder
  7. Moment of Clarity
  8. Change Clothes
  9. Allure
  10. Justify My Thug
  11. Interlude
  12. My 1st Song

These will be up until the end of Tuesday, February 24th. (Get the mp3s at Illegal Art)

Why am I doing this? What's the Philosophistric angle to this article?

I have no idea why I am doing this. I'm a memeplex, I'm young, I feel a little rebellious, I like the album, I don't want to miss the party, I have an affinity for Internet "ideals," and I guess its the thrill of danger. Sure I agree with the idea behind this, sorta--I didn't really sit down and analyze intellectual property right laws. But ultimately, I have to admit, that this is driven by mysterious hormones

I did receive a cease and decist letter from EMI's lawyers, demanding I don't post this article, and threatening that I pay for losses. This could turn out to be one of the most irrational things I've done, or a nice glimmering moment to reflect on when I age. I once was threatened to be sued for $10 million when I was 14, and my cousin's currently fighting the FTC. Oi, it runs in the family. Here goes nothing.

(Not completely irrational... this posting complies with Title 17, Chapter 1, Sec. 107 of "Fair use" laws governing reproduction of copyrighted material: (1) this album is for the non-profit education of the people, word!, (3) this is a remix album, and so does not consume enough of the offending material, and (4) there is no market for this album, so there is no impact.)

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