If you'd like to join the Grey Tuesday protest, send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Participating sites will post the Grey Album
on their site all day Tuesday, February 24. If you don't have a copy of the Grey Album, you can find it on illegal-art.org
In addition, we are encouraging sites to make their homepage all grey for the day.
If you'd like to participate on Grey Tuesday but don't feel comfortable posting the Grey Album
to your site, you can show support for the protest by making the front page of your website all greyscale on February 24 and including a link to this page.
If you plan to participate by making you site grey, send us an email and we'll add you to the list: email@example.com.
We've also been hearing from college and independent radio stations that are planning to play the Grey Album on Feb 24 as part of the protest. If you're involved with a station that's doing this, please let us know and we'll list your station here.
Whether or not you run a website, you can help bring attention to this protest by encouraging sites to participate.
Most of all, you can protest EMI's actions by downloading the Grey Album
on a filesharing network, from illegal-art.org
, or from one of these sites on February 24. And the music is really good too.
Grey Tuesday Press Release
WIRED News on Backlash Against EMI's Actions
DJ Danger Mouse's Website
EMI's Cease and Desist Letter to Waxy.org
Downhill Battle - music activism
(doesn't apply to samples)
p2pnet: EMI Stomps Grey Album
Changing Copyright by Negativland
1. Will I get in trouble for posting the Grey Album?
Some sites who have posted the Grey Album
have received cease and desist letters from EMI; indeed, standing up to that legal intimidation is precisely the motivation for this protest. However, sites who have removed the album after receiving a letter have not had problems since. It seems rather unlikely the EMI will make the effort to contact sites who engage in this one-day protest, and if they do it is likely to be a letter and nothing more. Above all, this is not legal advice and we all participate at our own risk.
2. Will my server be overwhelmed with people downloading the album?
We don't think so, but we can't promise anything. We expect that enough sites will choose to particpate that no one site will be overrun. If you pay by the megabyte, you might want to be careful however, and if possible to keep an eye on your site's bandwidth throughout the day. If bandwidth is a very serious concern for your site, we'd still like you to be able to participate; consider posting the album along with a note that encourages people to come to this site to find a place to download it. The central goal of the protest is to make the album widely available and to demonstrate that there are many people who value music and musicians more than outdated copyright laws.
Historic Online Protest
It's time for music fans to stand up and demand change from the music industry's copyright cartel.
Tuesday, February 24 will be a day of coordinated civil disobedience: websites will post Danger Mouse's Grey Album
on their site for 24 hours in protest of EMI's attempts to censor this work.
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 Ablum
specifically to encourage remixes like this one. But despite praise from music fans and major media outlets like Rolling Stone ("an ingenious hip-hop record that sounds oddly ahead of its time") and the Boston Globe (which called it the "most creatively captivating" album of the year), 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 Ablum
Danger Mouse’s album is one of the most "respectful" and undeniably positive examples of sampling; it honors both the Beatles and Jay-Z. Yet the lawyers and bureaucrats at EMI have shown zero flexibility and not a glimmer of interest in the artistic significance of this work. And without a clearly defined right to sample (e.g. compulsory licensing
), the five major record labels will continue to use copyright in a reactionary and narrowly self-interested manner that limits and erodes creativity. Their actions are also self-defeating: good new music is being created that people want to buy, but the major labels are so obsessed with hoarding their copyrights that they are literally turning customers away.
This first-of-its-kind protest signals a refusal to let major label lawyers control what musicians can create and what the public can hear. The Grey Album
is only one of the thousands of legitimate and valuable efforts that have been stifled by the record industry-- not to mention the ones that were never even attempted because of the current legal climate. We cannot allow these corporations to continue censoring art; we need common-sense reforms to copyright law that can make sampling legal and practical for artists.
The Grey Tuesday protest is being organized by Downhill Battle
, a music activism project that has no affiliation with Danger Mouse. Downhill Battle Press Contact
You can read more about this issue by following the links on the sidebar.
Sites Participating in the Protest
Here are the sites that plan to participate as of Thursday night (check back for updates). If plan to include your site in the protest, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
SITES THAT WILL HOST THE GREY ALBUM ON FEB 24
SITES THAT WILL TURN GREY ON FEB 24