So here’s a poser…
…or maybe not. Last week I found an a cappella of Michael Jackson’s Rock with You and spent some time doing a mashup with that and Eye of the Tiger. I was going to post it as the weekly thing, but felt a little weird about it. First of all, the last mashup that was part of thing a week, iTunes told me to take down (because um, it’s illegal). I expect that if I did another mashup they’d say the same thing. That’s part of why I didn’t want to publish it.
But the other thing is that the nature of TAW has changed quite a bit in the last 6 months. For one thing, a lot more people are listening and paying attention. I don’t want to get sued. For another, if I really want this to be a source of income, should I be able to profit by making a mashup that violates copyright? Probably not. What if I post it for free, does that make it less immoral (though no less illegal)? So I was going to refund the subsciption payments, but then what about donations? What about music sales that come from the free advertising I get when people link to my mashup? Where do I draw the line?
I’m just saying, it would be nice if there was an easy way to buy a mashup license the same way it’s easy to buy a cover license. But I do believe that it should be legal to make a non-commercial mashup without permission – The Grey Album is a piece of art that should be allowed to exist. Sure it benefits Danger Mouse, but it also benefits Jay-Z and The Beatles by increasing their cultural relevance.
Oh, the other thing is that I’ve decided my “Rock with the Tiger” mashup is no good.