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The following is part of an article from CanadaComputes.com:
(Original article http://www.canadacomputes.com/v3/story/1,1017,3655,00.html)



Copyright contention roundup: an issue that refuses to utter uncle
By Stefan Dubowski, posted Aug 29, 2000

It's as if the battle has only begun: from the bottom up musicians, Web sites and proponents of free speech continue to butt heads with major record labels and the forces of copyright.

Here are some of the more recent events concerning infringement, music and the Internet.

Least technical of all, The Droplift Project is up and running.

Brought to you by a coalition of "collage" artists - who make music by combining bits of different songs, spoken word pieces, et cetera - The Droplift Project endeavours to upset the balance of copyright rules and tip it in the artists' favour.

"Severe copyright restrictions on the use of samples in works of audio collage often prevent this type of work from ever reaching the ears of listeners," reads The Droplift Project's Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) page.

Tim Maloney from the experimental band Naked Rabbit World Power Foundation said this project is informed by copyright infringement issues online.

"Many of the participants have been rejected by these sites because of the panic over copyright infringement," Maloney wrote in an e-mail to CanadaComputes.com. "This is part of the general hysteria over these outdated laws that artists working in our medium must contend with."

So, hoping to drive progress their way, these musicians created a compilation CD, which they smuggle into record stores.

The Droplifters say this is one way to expand our notion of copyright. They argue that collage music isn't an example of infringement, but it's treated as such.

"We do not feel that we need permission," Maloney wrote. "What we do is not bootlegging, or wholesale copying from other people's work. We are using elements of other material, songs radio, TV... We see this as fundamentally different in that we use the recognizable sound for its cultural content in an artist's dialogue with the makers of that culture."

"We regard the project as successful if we can get the disc into a store. At that point we have done what we set out to do, which is, in large part, to commandeer some shelf space we would otherwise never get."

The music comes from bands like Stop Children, The Button and Workeshoppe Radio Phonik.

"We have a number of Canadian distributors," Maloney wrote. "Toronto, Quebec, Edmonton, London... as far as what stores they might be in, I have no idea! Depending on the area they might have all been picked up by now."

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