We all know Greg Gillis’s invocation of the fair use principle in justifying the use of samples in Girl Talk’s Feed The Animals is dubious at best.
In an exorbitantly detailed, carefully argued blog post, The Future of Music Coalition has broken down the legal precedents of sampling in relation to Girl Talk. The post argues that though Feed The Animals is difficult to justify legally, it would be virtually impossible to produce through means sanctioned by law:
As of July 27, 2008, 929 bands and 184 labels have pledged their support for the campaign. Rock the Net?s sales will benefit the Future of Music Coalition?s campaign for net neutrality - it?s an excellent way to contribute to a worthy cause, considering that the album?s worth the price regardless.
Wilco, Bright Eyes, They Might Be Giants, Aimee Mann, DJ Spooky, Guster and others have contributed songs to benefit the Future Of Music Coalition’s Rock the Net campaign to save net neutrality. According to the organization, “the current structure of the web lets the biggest companies and the smallest bedroom recording artist exist on an equal technological playing field.
Kronos Quartet Artistic Administrator Sidney Chen recently spoke with the Future of Music Coalition for a podcast, in which he discusses the role the internet has played in the life of Kronos. From allowing for greater connectivity with existing fans and accessing new audiences via social networks and blogs, to opening the Quartet to new sounds and even new collaborationsâ€”like the highly successful Requiem for a Dream soundtrack, which came about after an unexpected e-mail, through the group’s site, from the film’s producerâ€”the freedom and openness of the internet has had a significant impact on the group.
Bands from Bright Eyes to Wilco have contributed tracks to the Future of Music Coalition?s Rock the Net compilation, proceeds from the sales of which will go to the organization?s campaign in favor of net neutrality.
What's a panel discussion of Public Enemy's classic 1988 album It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back without Public Enemy frontman Chuck D? Fortunately, we won't have to find out, since the outspoken PE figurehead will now join Bomb Squad members Hank and Keith Shocklee, PE "media assassin" Harry Allen, and scholar/filmmaker Kembrew McLeod in a discussion of the landmark record at the Chicago Cultural Center's Claudia Cassidy Theater on Thursday, July 17.
As previously reported, this is just one of many events leading up to this year's Pitchfork Music Festival, which takes place July 18-20 at Chicago's Union Park. The Pitchfork Music Festival is hosting the panel along with the Future of Music Coalition.
What do terrorists and telco execs have in common? They hate us for our freedoms, naturally. And they especially hate our freedom to roam the verdant grasslands of the Internet as freely as the majestic bison once wandered the fruited plains of the West. A group of mostly-indie rockers from the Future of Music Coalition agree, and they're releasing a benefit CD later this month to help fund the Coalition's campaign for a neutral 'Net.