Posts Tagged ‘copyright’

What is called the music business today, however, is not the business of producing music. At some point it became the business of selling CDs in plastic cases, and that business will soon be over. But that’s not bad news for music, and it’s certainly not bad news for musicians. Indeed, with all the ways to reach an audience, there have never been more opportunities for artists.
– David Byrne

How to manage and make money on your music. Read the article by David Byrne from 2007 in Wired magazine here.

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“Yeah, you’re the fat one, and I wanna be with you”

Does anybody remember the Negativland / U2 controversy?

Negativland, the british experimental/plunderphonic band released the The letter U and the Numeral 2 in 1992. This was a 25 minute CD and booklet pressed in 4000 copies as a response to them being sued by U2’s label Island for using U2 as a name for an EP they released in 1991. In 1992 the american cyberpunk magazine Mondo 2000 was contacted by U2’s publicist wanting them to do an interview with U2 guitarist The Edge about U2’s multimedia Zoo TV tour. The magazines editor R. U. Serius, a friend of Negativland, set it up so that Negativland’s Mark Hosler and Don Joyce (without The Edge’s knowledge) could participate in the interview, letting them ask The Edge questions about copyright. There’s a transcript of the interview here.

The Letter U and The Numeral 2
Acapella version

Special Radio Edit version

Read more: article in The Wire from january 1995