A Grey Day for the Music Biz

As controversy brews over filesharing and titanic record labels drain the lifeblood out of independent musicians, the agreement among many fans, artists, and insiders is that the music industry is ripe for revolution. Supporting such an industry shake-up is Downhill Battle, a Web site devoted to music activism.

On February 24th, Downhill Battle led over 400 Web sites in an online protest of EMI Records' censorship of The Grey Album, a remix of Jay-Z's Black Album and the Beatles' White Album. Participants of the protest, dubbed "Grey Tuesday," offered free downloads of the album and turned their Web pages grey. The protest was in objection to, according to a Downhill Battle press release, "a copyright regime that serves neither musicians nor the public interest." grey album - jay-z the beatles and a whole lot of mixingAccording to an MTV.com article, EMI Records served record stores and Danger Mouse, the producer of the CD, with cease-and-desist orders because the album violated copyright laws. EMI Records controls the sound recordings for the Beatles on behalf of Capitol Records, and Sony Music/ATV Publishing owns the publishing rights of the Beatles' catalog, the article said.

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