The “Grey Album” is making EMI see red

February 14th, 2004 | by Mike |

If you haven’t heard about it yet a New York DJ recently took the words only version of Jay Z’s “The Black Album” and mixed the words with the beats of the Beatles classic “White Album”. The response has been amazing, the few printed records of it are going on E-Bay for $81. Everything was all fine and dandy until the company that holds the rights to the “White Album”, EMI, slapped DJ Danger Mouse with a copyright infringement suit.

Danger Mouse hadn’t paid for the rights to the Fab Four’s music — the 26-year-old, originally from White Plains, New York, hadn’t even asked for permission to use their songs. So late last week, EMI’s lawyers sent a letter to Danger Mouse — as well as to the select record stores and eBay retailers selling his remix — ordering them to cease and desist.

I guess record companies don’t mind if you are a DJ mixing tunes but the minute you make a buck off of it they flip out and sue your ass. But that just leaves us with the only real question…

With all that hype, “Why not just sign the guy?” asks the Creative Commons’ [Glen Otis] Brown. “Why not license the record, and have everybody make a bunch off of it?”

Source: Wired News: Copyright Enters a Grey Area

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