deadmau5 Joins Steven Tyler, Don Henley And Others Condemning Potential Copyright Law Change

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deadmau5 Joins Steven Tyler, Don Henley And Others Condemning Potential Copyright Law Changes

Rolling Stone is reporting that EDM culture's deadmau5 has joined several other recording artists in condemning any potential copyright law change that may occur after a 112 page US Commerce Department "Green Paper" was released analyzing current copyright laws.

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As it pertains specifically to remixes, the task force states "the question is whether the creation of remixes is being unacceptably impeded... There is today a healthy level of production, but clearer legal options might result in even more valuable creativity."

Rolling Stone writes

While the green paper only analyzes policy without making specific recommendations for action, the U.S. received dozens of comments from artists, songwriters, authors and companies such as Microsoft, Google and eBay. Some argued for artists' rights to sample older songs without fear of lawsuits or damages; a Future of Music Coalition letter quoted Public Enemy's Chuck D on hip-hop sampling: "By 1994, [sample licensing] had become so difficult to the point where it was impossible to do any of the type of records we did in the late 1980s because every second of sound had to be cleared."

In a statement to Rolling Stone Dina LaPolt, an attorney who collectively represents Steven Tyler, Deadmau5 and Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac says "We've got to kill this now. We're not interested in having roundtables where we can analyze and comment on how to cut away the artist approvals so you can bastardize their work."

Despite the artists' reaction, the US Commerce Department is maintaining that this analysis is only just that- there are no plans to change change existing law.

They will review the data and make any recommendations to Congress by the end of the year, stressing there is no intent to undermine the rights of the original artists.

Source: Rolling Stone