Metalic(a) sounds and dreams
So I just got up because I couldn't sleep. I wasn't really all that tired, and on top of that I started having a crazy half-dream*.
In my dream I was being sued by Metalica for having downloaded Cheap Cologne's
"Double Black Album: Jay-Z vs Metalica
" where he mixed together Jay-Z's Black Album with Metalica's Black Album (much in the same vein as "The Grey Album
" by DJ Danger Mouse
where the Beatle's White Album was mixed with Jay-Z).
My dream had me pitted up against a judge arguing my case, which was, that I had downloaded a "Cheap Cologne" album, not a Metalica album. And that I couldn't be held liable for Cheap Cologne's unauthorized sampling of other artist's music. In my dream of course I had done my homework and had cases of music was sampled without permission, and then sold to the public, and argued that no one who ever bought these albums was ever punished, but the artist themselves had to be held liable. I also pointed out that no where on my computer network would you find a single genuine Metalica MP3.
So the short of it is that I sold Cheap Cologne out to the judge, rather than argue the case that Grey Tuesday
was promoting which is:
This first-of-its-kind protest signals a refusal to let major label lawyers control what musicians can create and what the public can hear. The Grey Album is only one of the thousands of legitimate and valuable efforts that have been stifled by the record industry-- not to mention the ones that were never even attempted because of the current legal climate. We cannot allow these corporations to continue censoring art; we need common-sense reforms to copyright law that can make sampling legal and practical for artists.
So as I got onto the computer I checked out FARK.com to see if anything new had happened, and there was a tagline to an news article that read: "Metallic sound heard on space station. Lars Ulrich threatens to sue". This stuck out to me of course because of the half-dream I just had. If you didn't know, Metalica is the butt of a lot of jokes ever since they pioneered efforts to sue file-swappers over their songs a few years back. They have such a rep, that when some Canadian band released a fake story on-line about how Metalica was suing the band over a usage of a guitar chord that news sources picked it up as fact.
*Half-dream - like when you are still awake but dreaming stories.
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