Remixes on a website.
- April 16, 2006 @ 1:44pmindiana says:Hello.
I would like to put some remixes I've made from songs of a popular artist on my website. What are the legalities of remixes? Since I never got permission from the artist, does that mean I can't put it on a website?
- April 17, 2006 @ 7:40amwilliamsonl says:Unfortunately this is really an area that is controversial at the moment. The answer depends on who you ask--the law as it stands now does not allow remixing without permission. There is however, a large movement to change the law, but even then there is a fee involved. Lawrence Lessig explains it well in a blog posting at http://www.lessig.org/blog/archives/001754.shtml.
Creative Commons recently sponsored a contest where remixes where posted online to protest the unfairness of the record companies' position and the court ruling. Read the article at http://www.wired.com/news/digiwood/0,1412,65037,00.html for more information and some other sources on remixing. The Grey Album by DJ Danger Mouse is a great example of the controvery surrounding remixing.
My un-legal opinion is that remixes should fall under fair use, but I also believe you are taking a chance in posting a remix on your website. I would you read the above article, look at the Creative Commons, Free Culture and Banned Music websites and make a decision you feel comfortable with.
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