From Punk to Pirate – this is the way forward for all Propa Prapaganda

May 19, 2009

The Pirate Bay trial marked an important marker in the fight against knowledge enclosure. While some see this struggle as a protest for cheap/free music and video it actually signifies an important step towards a freer, libertarian minded society where ‘access’ is more important than ‘ownership’. The laws regarding Intellectual Property Rights exist to ensure that a privileged elite can profit from knowledge that was once the common property of all.

There is not one human skill or piece of knowledge – no technology, no music, no literature, no art, no medical/scientific discovery and certainly no DNA sequence – that was born out of a vacuum; all human activity is the product of millions of years of evolution. Therefore no single person, authority or corporation has the right to declare any exclusive rights or control over any form of property; all property is theft!

Danger Mouse, one half of Gnarls Barkley, is latest high profile artist to join the fight…

Danger Mouse’s EMI-killed CD will be released as a blank CD-R, just add download

EMI has told Danger Mouse that his latest CD won’t see the light of day due to “legal issues,” so he’s responding by releasing the disc as a blank CD-R in a jewel case with art and liner notes. Fans can just download the music off a P2P site and burn it to the CD-R.


Dark Night Of The Soul, a collaboration with rock group Sparklehorse, also features Iggy Pop and The Flaming Lips, along with artwork by David Lynch.It has already been streamed online, but Billboard magazine said a “legal dispute” with EMI derailed the project…

“Danger Mouse remains hugely proud of Dark Night of the Soul and hopes that people lucky enough to hear the music, by whatever means, are as excited by it as he is.”

He added that the album, which comes with a limited edition, “100+ page book” of David Lynch photographs inspired by the music “will now come with a blank, recordable CD-R”.

“All copies will be clearly labelled: ‘For Legal Reasons, enclosed CD-R contains no music. Use it as you will.'”

Danger Mouse to release blank CD

Hear The Entire Album: ‘Dark Night Of The Soul’

(Image: Danger Mouse 2 – Gnarls Barkley, a Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike image from Staxnet’s photostream: article culled from Boing Boing)

Not only should we offer our full support to dissenting artists (especially when they’ve got some seriously wicked tunes), we should ALL be exploring new ways to put ACCESS before OWNERSHIP.

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WE’RE ALL THE PIRATE BAY

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One Response to “From Punk to Pirate – this is the way forward for all Propa Prapaganda”

  1. […] talked about this sometime ago and our mates at barnsdale posted this read on and keep the music […]

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