Mixtapes Matter!

January 21st, 2007 by kevin

As the news of the RIAA’s raid on Drama and Cannon makes its way across the net, it’s clear that people outside of hip-hop simply don’t understand mixtapes. Case in point, consider the following comment from digg.com:

Just a guess here… but it sounds like they were probably rapping over music tracks of other people’s copyrighted songs (the instrumental versions, maybe?)

NEWSFLASH: that’s illegal!

In these litigious times, it’s easy to forget that the law exists to preserve and protect the values of a society. When the law no longer reflects the values and cultural practices of a community, it is outdated and needs to be changed.

Needless to say the law moves more slowly than hip-hop. The RIAA is further extending this lag and abusing anachronistic legal structures to protect a dead business model. These shortsighted attacks are making criminals of artists and entrepreneurs.

If mixtapes are illegal, then the law is wrong.



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    also, someone who doesn’t know what was actually ON the tapes (“probably..”) shouldn’t be announcing it’s legal status: newsflash or brainfart?

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