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Negativland - Copyright Infringement Is Your Best Entertainment Value
Negativland
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Negativland
"Media internal linkhacker" band who appropriate material from the airwaves and elsewhere to provoke and provide pointed commentary on the culture industry's machinations.

Members:

Mark Hosler
Don Joyce
Chris Griegg

Hosting Over the Edge, a weekly three-hour improvised radio show on San Francisco's KPFA-FM. In 1988 the artistic pranksters fabricated a Midwestern "familicide" allegedly inspired by their track _Christianity Is Stupid._ The resulting media hoopla was documented on the album _Helter Stupid_.

In 1991 they released _U2_, a single that sampled both the Irish pop stars and wholesome DJ Casey Kasem caught in a foulmouthed moment.  Negativland documented the case--which cost their label SST a substantial settlement--in Fair Use: The Story of the Letter U and the Numeral 2 (1995), which delineates the paradoxes and pitfalls of artistic use of copyrighted material.



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Don Joyce: "The corporate music mind is in a desperate, horrified turmoil over the potential of free music on the internal linkNet. They will lash out to  protect their greedy living based on the private ownership of all music until their last breath is gone." Joyce said the Napster fight might be simply the beginning of what he  calls a war between digital art and "artifact commerce."
 

the Internet

"The traditional music biz simply can't accept the fact that music no longer needs to be an object, and once that happens it doesn't need to be owned or bought or sold by anyone in particular, either.  I fear they will drag yet bigger weapons to the battlefield  where music is being shared for free," he chided. "Next: poison  gas?"



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Negativland - Dispepsi on Seeland (1997)


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