The new Nine Inch Nails “remix” album appeared on the web yesterday :
Y34RZ3R0R3M1X3D, the Year Zero remix album, is out now on Interscope Records via the traditional retail outlets.
There are three different formats – digital download, vinyl, and CD/DVD
Soon you will be able to share your custom remixes online, and listen to others, at remix.nin.com.
And what would a Trent Reznor release be, without some legal hassles.
This relates to the official “remix” website that Trent had wanted to launch – allowing fans to share their versions of remixes, etc.
My former record company and current owner of all these master files, Universal, is currently involved in a lawsuit with other media titans Google (YouTube) and News Corp (MySpace).
Universal is contending that these sites do not have what is referred to as “safe harbor” under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, and therefore are in copyright violation because users have uploaded music and video content that is owned by Universal.
Universal feels that if they host our remix site, they will be opening themselves up to the accusation that they are sponsoring the same technical violation of copyright they are suing these companies for.
While I am profoundly perturbed with this stance as content owners continue to stifle all innovation in the face of the digital revolution, it is consistent with what they have done in the past.
So… we are challenged at the last second to find a way of bringing this idea to life without getting splashed by the urine as these media companies piss all over each other’s feet.
We have a cool and innovative site ready to launch but we’re currently scratching our heads as to how to proceed.
I’m not into the “remix” and “home music” stuff like some other folk – but it’s more than just that. Sounds like there’s other folk who are suffering also – and big stakes re: internet TV, games, etc.
And – if there needs to be lawyers involved before anything can be posted/published – then that’s just ridiculous. These media companies make BILLIONS of dollars every year.
And they’re squabbling over the pennies & “rights” like a bunch of friggin’ sea-gulls. It should be up to the artist to decide.
Stay tuned – more from Trent Reznor to come !
P.S. Go buy @ Amazon – it’s only $11.99 USD. Even with postage costs – it’s less than the $34.99 @ (in)Sanity – or other record shops in Australia.