EMI can kiss my ass

I think the Beatles were crap and I can’t stand hip-hop (the music, not the culture), so it’s not surprising that I think DJ Danger Mouse’s Grey Album is shite. That’s not the point, though. From greytuesday.org:

DJ Danger Mouse created a remix of Jay-Z’s the Black Album and the Beatles White Album, and called it the Grey Album. Jay-Z’s record label, Roc-A-Fella, released an a capella version of his Black Album specifically to encourage remixes like this one. But despite praise from music fans and major media outlets… EMI has sent cease and desist letters demanding that stores destroy their copies of the album and websites remove them from their site. EMI claims copyright control of the Beatles 1968 White Album.

Hence Grey Tuesday, a day of online civil disobedience on which sites all over the web will be turning grey in support of artistic freedom from greedy corporate pirates and offering the Grey Album in mp3 format. I couldn’t turn this site grey if my life depended on it (html is a dialect of Martian, right?), and I frankly don’t have the stones to host the mp3s. My immigration status is somewhat delicate and I just don’t need the kind of legal aggravation that bastards with deep pockets and squads of attack lawyers like EMI could give me. Linkage is the best I can do for now. Waxy first made me aware of the issue; mathowie and 6foot6 both have the album and a great, thoughtful post to go with it; and greytuesday.org is the official site and has lists of all participating sites.