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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    Matthew, Sep 8th, 2006 @ 6:52pm

    Wow pretty kewl

    In fact I'm inspired to buy the artist's track and maybe more if I can find...oh wait...I can't find anymore? DMCA RIAA?? ... oh well, screw them and their lawyers.

     

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    Marc, Sep 8th, 2006 @ 7:42pm

    I have come to the conclusion that most lawyers are the scum of the planet, except James Woods in that one movie.

     

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      Garibaldi, Sep 9th, 2006 @ 4:51am

      Re: James Woods=Good Lawyer

      I'm no fan of the scum that hire lawyers to do some of the things they do. Just like James Woods, most lawyers are reading the script their clients give them. Some just get to ad lib more than others.

      Let's face it: I love $h!tt!ng all over lawyers as much as the next guy, but the fact is the overwhelming percentage of lawyers are closing mortgages, writing wills, defending people in court, etc. Pay a little more attention and you will notice that most people who hammer lawyers are the first to run out and get one when THEIR ox is gored.

       

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      doubledoh, Sep 9th, 2006 @ 9:28am

      lawyers aren't the scum

      I have come to the conclusion that most lawyers are the scum of the planet, except James Woods in that one movie.


      Lawyers are contract workers, like hitmen. Someone has to HIRE them to do the dirty work. If you want to consider someone "scum of the planet," how about the record label execs that unleash the lawyers in the first place?

       

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    Shanoboy, Sep 8th, 2006 @ 7:44pm

    I'm no longer buying compact discs

    Thanks to the never ending instances of the music industry making total jerks of themselves and sueing everyone under the sun, I am no longer buy compacts discs new ever again. Only used cds and illegally downloaded mp3s for me from now on!!! I'll support my favorite musicians by buying tickets to their shows and purchasing merchandise off their websites with the money I save!

     

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      Mrhappy, Sep 8th, 2006 @ 7:52pm

      Re: I'm no longer buying compact discs

      "Thanks to the never ending instances of the music industry making total jerks of themselves and sueing everyone under the sun, I am no longer buy compacts discs new ever again. Only used cds and illegally downloaded mp3s for me from now on!!! I'll support my favorite musicians by buying tickets to their shows and purchasing merchandise off their websites with the money I save!"

      Ya know just quoting you...

      but I dont see why they think their losing sales so bad.. I mean if you like the band that your downloading.. they are making money elsewhere on it. Honestly.. i wouldnt be suprised by the fact that RIAA is profitting majorly from all the suing that their doing. I mean still ya gotta pay lawyer fees and all.. but i mean comeone the rediculous fines and all

       

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      DittoBox, Sep 8th, 2006 @ 7:53pm

      Re: I'm no longer buying compact discs

      Rather than telling them you really want their content, just not their BS, tell them you don't want either.

      emusic
      magnatune
      http://www.bleep.com/

      Support artists and or labels who don't have their heads thoroughly jammed in their rearends.

       

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    UCGunjin, Sep 8th, 2006 @ 7:52pm

    Buying used CDs and merchandise

    Buying used CDs, merchandise and concert tickets do not benefit the artist unless their record deal includes a percentage of such things. Ask any commercial music management major and they will tell you that new CD sales and royalties from radio play are how the artists get paid. Concerts and merchandising are mostly so that the holders of the contract can recoup all the money they've spent on venues, hotel rooms, plane tickets, equipment, studio time, etc etc etc. Buying used CD's only benefits the person selling the used CDs. Of course, downloading mp3's does get the artist recognition.

     

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      Concerned Citizen Fish, Sep 8th, 2006 @ 8:09pm

      Re: Buying used CDs and merchandise

      You have it all wrong. Concerts and merch are THE major source of income for most artists. If by "holders" you mean the record labels, they do not participate in such revenues. They ONLY get paid on CD sales and licensing of the master recordings. A few new-fangled deals (Korn) do create more of an equal partnership between artist and record company--where all of these revenues are shared but most bands never recoup and therefore never get paid on CD sales. They rely soley on tickets and tee shirts.

       

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      righteous 1, Sep 9th, 2006 @ 4:45pm

      Re: Buying used CDs and merchandise

      wron-o. artists make a shitload of money on merchandise. i know, because i am one and i have made WAY WAY more money on merch than on CD sales.

       

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    Angry Rivethead, Sep 8th, 2006 @ 8:24pm

    RIAA

    The RIAA and MPAA remind me of that kid when you were in gradeschool that would run around the playground trying to arrest every student they say breaking the rules and physically drag them to a teacher for punishment. We all know the one...Sooner or later, someone is going to get fed up and really knock the crap out of the kid...At first all these lawsuits were mildly threatening. Now they're just lame, boring and pathetic.

     

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    n3o, Sep 8th, 2006 @ 9:24pm

    no more cd's for me either

    i have to agree with the previous posters who said they would never buy another CD again. i haven't purchased a CD in 3 years. i will make a vow, however. when the RIAA and MPAA are abolished, i will buy 100 CD's and 100 DVD's to celebrate. as long as they are on their ridiculous crusade, try and get a penny from me m***** f*****!!!!!

     

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    Damon Billian, Sep 8th, 2006 @ 10:35pm

    Seems a little heavy-handed

    And while I personally agree with some of the issues made by the RIAA and the artists, I do think that the exposure given in a mashup generally outweighs any lost sales ( I personally wouldn't want anyone downloading a full album free of charge, for example). Asking for the ip addresses, something that can change (static/dynamic), does seem a little on the outrageous side, however.

    OT: I actually heard a cool mashup of Billie Jean (Michael Jackson) and Don't Stop Believin' (Journey) while in Tahoe. Anyone know where I can get a copy? ;-) I also think the Doors/Blondie mashup is pretty cool as well.

    I guess this is the real question:
    How many folks have purchased an album by an artist because they heard it for "free"?

     

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    zcat, Sep 8th, 2006 @ 10:57pm

    > How many folks have purchased an album by an artist because > they heard it for "free"?

    And how many people go and buy music without ever having heard it (for free) first?

    I know I wouldn't.

     

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    imp, Sep 9th, 2006 @ 12:16am

    and...

    how many people have downloaded an album instead of bothering to buy it? a huge number, so don't fool yourselves.

    also, good luck blaming the lawyers for the practices of the business men. given that lawyers fight on both sides as ADVOCATES, you're idiots.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 9th, 2006 @ 2:28am

    thank the techno-world, for HD radio and satellite radio, I will not purchase a single cd or mp3 until I can decide how i'm going to use it

     

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    zcat, Sep 9th, 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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      MadJo (profile), Sep 9th, 2006 @ 3:51am

      Re:

      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!!
      Point is, that radio stations pay royalty fees to labels when they play those songs (most times it's a blanket fee payed to your country's local RIAA). So the RIAA does benefit from music played on the radio.
      And most nightclubs also pay a similar kind of royalty fees.
      But those P2P programs don't pay that royalty fee, and that is bothering RIAA...

      That said, I'd like to state, that I do think that RIAA is entirely going about this in the wrong direction. And what EMI is doing has totally no merit. Those songs they are trying to 'protect' can't be bought easily (if you're in luck you might find a copy in a cd-store).
      And remixes and mashups have always existed! And they are legal to create, because of the fair-use provision in any copyright law.

       

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    Music Pirate, Sep 9th, 2006 @ 4:25am

    Me booty!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 9th, 2006 @ 4:54am

    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!!

    Don't kid yr self - this is exactly what the labels were doing back in the old days of the cassette tape. They even had a slogan: "Home Taping is Killing Music."

    You youngin's!
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Home_taping_is_killing_music

     

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    eternal, Sep 9th, 2006 @ 5:34am

    Everyone always talks about how the lawyers are the scum of the earth but they are just the ones carrying out the wishes of the true scum. It's time to stop pointing fingers at the lawyers and start pointing them at the true culprits of this insanity!

     

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    jaded, Sep 9th, 2006 @ 7:08am

    The Labels are the Mob and the lawyers are the Con

    Don’t go cutting those lawyers so much slack... They don’t simply act as Advocates. Lawyers are also required to provide counsel. So in other words it is their job to inform their client of the best way to profit from a situation. That’s why divorce lawyers don’t encourage clients to sign paper work if they are eligible for alimony... Why sign when you can bleed them dry? Attorneys are looking to make a buck off this too, if they don’t find a way to help their client profit they won’t have a client for long.

     

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      RevMike, Sep 10th, 2006 @ 7:26am

      Re: The Labels are the Mob and the lawyers are the

      Don’t go cutting those lawyers so much slack... They don’t simply act as Advocates. Lawyers are also required to provide counsel. So in other words it is their job to inform their client of the best way to profit from a situation.

      You're right, they provide "counsel". They can't force the client to make a decision, they can only spellout the alternatives and the potential risks/rewards of each alternative.

      In the end, the client is the one who makes the choice. Always.

       

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 9th, 2006 @ 7:28am

    I just think back to Johnny Rotten singing about EMI and wonder if he wasn't right.

     

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    Wikipedia is Not a source of Facts, Sep 9th, 2006 @ 7:35am

    So many post in blogs "Go to Wikipedia, it's there man!" Everything and anything can be added to Wikipedia and has no "truthiness" to it. If you watched the episode of The Colbert Report where he proved that it is a bad idea, you would know how stupid it looks on your part to point to a fictitious website for facts. Not surprising considering your head is full of bullshit tablespoon fed to you by your birth cunt mom.
    Propaganda lives enternity, you will die before the lies are squashed. In the meantime, keep lying to yourself and justifying why you should not pay someone for services rendered but wish to kill anyone that doesn't pay you for your work (if your dumbasses even get off your obese lard chunks and labor).
    You won't have any new music to steal when music becomes a volunteer act. Don't lie and say you'll spend your time mastering a great beat and awesome lyrics for nothing. You can't even part with twelve dollars, to busy poking your 3 inch limpy in front of porn all day.
    And to those liars who state that you will buy their concert tickets to show support. A ticket will cost at least four times as much as a CD, you don't know for sure the band will play in your area (and I highly doubt your lazy ass is going to drop your schedules, work, and life to throw money into a road trip), and if they do play in your area you'll have to be able to have the free time to attend. But who's kidding who, right? We both know you are as full of shit as a portie pottie at one of those concerts you claim to attend.

     

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    Pricing, Sep 9th, 2006 @ 7:40am

    i'd buy cds if not for the ridiculous pricing..

    i mean, $20 for a cd? i dont think so, this only happens in north america

    i can buy and import cds from other countries for less than that, i can get cds from korea for $6 each, if cds here were $6, i would never download mp3's again, but they're not, so, downloading for me

     

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    Pricing, Sep 9th, 2006 @ 7:45am

    Go to Korea and pay with their Yuan then you Gook.

    An extra 6 dollars, WHAT THE FUCK!! That will cut into my budget of rice for the entire month, Oh My God. I couldn't possible pay twelve dollars a CD. Don't buy CD from the damn mall if they are charging $20 a pop. Be a wise shopper, not a cheap asshole crook.
    You can get free music by breaking into homes and cars and stealing just the same as downloading, you know?

     

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      Spunky, Sep 9th, 2006 @ 12:03pm

      Re:

      Umm no you can't you knob.

      It's much easier to download it than break into someone's house or car......

      Idiot!

       

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      Anonymous Coward, Sep 10th, 2006 @ 2:20am

      Re:

      wrong dollar denomination, numbskull. Korea is the Won, not Yuen.

      Korea also has the highest price in the world for rice, which is the main food staple. Cutting into the budget for rice would be sacriledge. I hate rice, but my wife, who is Korean, can't go a day without eating rice. If we go out for dinner, she will come home and make rice just so she has eaten rice at least once a day.

      Stop being a troll and think before you write, you racist prick.

       

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    Gcrow, Sep 9th, 2006 @ 8:37am

    Alternative

    That is way I buy music from Itunes. Okay their files are DRM but at least they have the balls to to talk back to these sleazy recording company when it comes to pricing. End result we have legally downloaded, reasonably priced music. Can you imagine if Itunes market keeps growing? this will give them power to dictate music price (ie keeping it low), remember Apple business is selling hardware (Ipod) not music.

     

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    iPIR@TE, Sep 9th, 2006 @ 9:00am

    You want my IP?

    Here it is: 127.0.0.1. HA! I can download music in Canada as long as I want to. As far as mashups go - if worse comes to worse I'll make an "archival" backup on a CD that came with a levy. At least that way I can listen to it in the car.

     

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    iPIR@TE, Sep 9th, 2006 @ 9:06am

    You can download it still...

    Get it here: http://www.illegal-art.org/audio/grey.html

    All the piracy - none of the scurvy!

     

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    doubledoh, Sep 9th, 2006 @ 9:47am

    An extra 6 dollars, WHAT THE FUCK!! That will cut into my budget of rice for the entire month, Oh My God. I couldn't possible pay twelve dollars a CD. Don't buy CD from the damn mall if they are charging $20 a pop. Be a wise shopper, not a cheap asshole crook.
    You can get free music by breaking into homes and cars and stealing just the same as downloading, you know?

    You are a moron. Buying an item for $6 instead of $12-20 IS being a wise shopper, fool. And bargain hunting for a lower price does not = stealing or breaking into people's houses except in irrational land (where you clearly live). Also, trying to not get ripped off by greedy record execs doesn't make you an asshole, being YOU makes you an asshole.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 9th, 2006 @ 9:55am

    I download music all the time, when I do find an album that I do like the whole thing I will buy it. As usual though todays CD's have 2 or 3 good songs and the rest is filler crap! That's why they don't want you to listen for free first.

    Support Artists, Not Music Labels!

     

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    Mike J, Sep 9th, 2006 @ 11:01am

    layers are enablers, they are leeches on society, I realise they are not the cause of the problem but if they wouldnt do the job of handeling frivalous cases then our court system could be more efficient.

    Kind of the old song quote, "hey calling it your job still dont make it right" I think it was blood on the scarecrow or something.

    on a lighter note, I did just think of the irony in how riaa sounds alot like old timey pirate talk

    PIRATE says: ARRRRRR, EYEEEEE, AAAAAAAAAAAA

    hehe, thats either really funny or I am really tired at work today.

     

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    Ryan, Sep 9th, 2006 @ 12:01pm

    wow

    Ok, I've heard a few of the songs off of this... and it's all utter crap..

    Most of the time he just lets the 2 play on top of each other, and their melodies don't mix... so it creates nothing more than background noise for the length of the song.

    when he does try adding effects, it's more like the first time somebody's ever seen a mixing board. Random tempo changes, bass additions, and spinning the stupid records.... with pointless scratching and repeating added.

    This won't turn anybody on to either type of music. I can see why the record companies want it pulled.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 9th, 2006 @ 2:00pm

    Streisand Effect!

    I didn't even know about this...but now I'm getting it! Thanks EMI!

     

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    comparison boy, Sep 9th, 2006 @ 3:22pm

    what's the difference

    between 1 artist selling 3 million albums and 6 artists selling 500,000 albums each from the standpoint of the record company? They make money on cds, not tours. Even the new deals with tour percentages going to the labels, that means more money, cause more simultaneous tours equals higher quarterly revenue, right?

     

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    Ntlgnce (profile), Sep 9th, 2006 @ 6:00pm

    Umm

    Cool I just went there and DL it with a static IP.. Next time I reboot it will be different.. Oh I almost forgot, I use a hot spot from the starbucks next door. Obviously they dont have a clue...

     

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    izzy, Sep 9th, 2006 @ 10:32pm

    The Sex Pistols Were Right.

    Now more than ever, I see why the Sex Pistols wrote their scathing ode to EMI back in the 70's.

     

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    :HAn., Sep 9th, 2006 @ 11:00pm

    But I legally own the music already!

    Legal question: What if I own both Sgt. Pepper and Pet Sounds already? I already own all the parts included in making the mashup. I would think I cant be sued because of this, as the mashup did not hinder me from buying either album and EMI has already made its money from me.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 10th, 2006 @ 6:16am

    Re: Anonymous Coward has a Charlie in his bed!

    Price of rice is highest in the world at Korea? I so understand how that makes a difference on CD price.
    At least I admit I'm racist--human racist! Fuck all turd factories.

     

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    Married to Charlie, Sep 10th, 2006 @ 6:39am

    Price Was Right?

    Married her 'cause for $5 she love you llllllooooonnnnggggg time! Price was an offer you couldn't refuse. If she cost $20 per pop like a CD you would either have to spank yourself or rape her. You just can't pay retail price cause your a cheap Jew.
    Call to complain:
    1-800-No-Care

     

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    Marco, Sep 10th, 2006 @ 1:26pm

    Lawyers

    I think the lawyers are playing you all like little pawns. Look how much free publicity you are creating. I can just hear the thousands of kids saying "Dad, who is Sgt Pepper and why were he and his bandmates so lonely?"

     

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    Listener, Sep 11th, 2006 @ 3:32am

    Radio on Demand

    With radio on demand I don't need to download music, and I get to listen to the style of music I like best. Not to mention that it is totally legal.

    For those in Australia check out http://triplej.abc.net.au/ if you like Triple J.

    The downside is that a lot of the stuff on radio is rubbish, but the specialty shows give you a good 2-3 hours of assorted greatness. I find I don't sit at my desk long enough to get through a show in a day.

    I did download Camilles album when I heard the song Le Port, but now that I've heard the full album (its now a feature album on JJJ so I could have waited a week) I am setting out to buy it this weekend (assuming its even out in Australia... I haven't heard anything).

     

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    \, Sep 11th, 2006 @ 6:20am

    okay FINE

    192.168.1.101, okay!

    There.

    Wow, you know what? I actually feel better about myself now.

     

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