Related link: http://www.kleptones.com/pages/downloads_hiphopera.html
Remember Grey Tuesday? No? DJ Danger Mouse combined the Beatles’ White Album with Jay Z’s Black Album to make the Grey Album. It was hit across the P2P networks once word got out.. except with Sony Music/ATV Publishing. And now The Kleptones look like a fresh target.
Waxy.org, Andy Baio, has received a cease and desist order from Disney the owner of copyright for a bunch of Queen songs… that’s right. Party on Garth!
He was linking to (and looked like he was hosting) copies of The Kleptone’s - A Night At The Hip-Hopera. A brilliant mashup of dusty Queen songs and various hip hop artists I’d never heard of before. And they’ve ordered him to stop it!
So, it looks like the fight is on again for people to be able to sample other’s work to create new derivative works. What baffles me about this is that the album was never for sale and if anything it would drive sales of the originals.
I emailed Eric Kleptone, no idea if that’s his real name, but he says they’ve not received their cease-and-desist yet & he’s preparing for the worst.