Websites across the globe have joined together to protest at music industry attempts to prevent the spread or release of Danger Mouse’s ‘Grey Album’.
The Grey Album is a remix of Jay-Z’s Black Album from last year and The Beatles’ 1968 White Album 3,000 copies of which were pressed. Capitol Records (The Beatles’ US label) issued Danger Mouse with a cease and desist letter. He has agreed not to press any further copies and responded by saying: “It was an experiment. It was supposed to be an underground project, not playing in clubs.”
However the album has now found its way onto a number of filesharing networks.
Dozens of websites today (Tuesday 24 February) have either posted the full album as mp3s or turned grey to show their support at what they claim is censorship.
According to website [url=] http://www.greytuesday.org the intention for Grey Tuesday is for it to “be a day of coordinated civil disobedience: websites will post Danger Mouse’s Grey Album on their site for 24 hours in protest of EMI’s attempts to censor this work.”
The website reports that Capitol Records have responded with demand to cease and desist claiming that the protest is against the wishes of Danger Mouse as well as being illegal.
“Danger Mouse said he created the record strictly as a limited-edition promotional item, with only a few thousand copies pressed . . . .
The artist, whose real name is Brian Burton, has agreed to comply with the order and will no longer distribute copies. Reuters has also quoted Mr. Burton as saying, “[t]his wasn’t supposed to happen . . . . I just sent out a few tracks (and) now online stores are selling it and people are downloading it all over the place.” By further distributing The Grey Album, you will not only be violating the rights of those who own the recordings and compositions at issue. You will also be interfering with the intention of the very artist whose rights you purport to vindicate.”[/I]
See next week’s NME for an interview with Danger Mouse.