EMI Demands IP Addresses From Everyone Who Downloaded Beatles/Beach Boys Mashup

from the DJ-Dangermouse-Part-II dept

EMI, it appears, just doesn't learn. Two years ago, DJ Dangermouse (now gaining a ton of fame for the ridiculously popular Gnarls Barkley tune Crazy) created a mashup of the Beatles' White Album and Jay-Z's Black Album, called the Grey Album. It was a big hit, and probably attracted some fans of one artist to the music of the other. One thing it clearly did not do, is hurt the sales of either artist. It was clearly not a replacement for the music of either one. But, EMI and Capitol Records, who own the rights to the Beatles music, apparently didn't understand that. Their lawyers went nuts sending out cease and desist letters. Jump forward to a few weeks ago, when producer Clayton Counts, mashed up the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club album with the Beach Boys Pet Sounds. Considering the history of the two albums, and the constant comparisons between the two, this seems like a natural "mashup" project. So, what happens? As Boing Boing points out, EMI and Capitol Records have pulled the same stunt, sending out a nastygram cease-and-desist letter, which you pretty much had to expect. However, rather than just demanding that Counts take down the music, the letter (which, of course, is meaningless from a legal standpoint), also demands the IP addresses of anyone who might have streamed or downloaded the songs. Counts is ignoring the cease-and-desist, and it's anyone's guess if the label will pursue this issue, but it again raises issues about lawyers making business decisions without thinking through the actual impact on their business.

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    zcat, 9 Sep 2006 @ 3:29am

    How many people listen to the radio and buy only a tiny fraction of what they hear? Probably most.

    How many people listen to music at a nightclub without rushing out and buying it? Probably most.

    How many people borrow CD's from a library and don't buy them? Probably a fair few.

    So; how many people download music and don't buy it. Huge numbers, yes. But a few people download music and then BUY the CD as well. Just like a few people hear a song on the radio and buy the CD, or hear it at a club and buy the CD. I'd even hazard a guess that the numbers work out to be about the same!

    The RIAA need to stop wasting their time fighting p2p downloads and focus on the real problem; people are getting free music through broadcast radio and nightclubs!! If you count every song played on air times the number of people who heard it and may even have recorded it on tape, this 'broadcast piracy' is clearly costing the industry billions in potential profit!!

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