Towards the end of last month, Nine Inch Nails fans were given the opportunity to remix tracks off of the band’s album, Year Zero. User could purchase the master tracks (bundled with Y34RZ3R0R3M1X3D, a remix album by Trent Reznor), and share their creative projects that use the songs to remix.nin.com. Unfortunately for the creative fans, Universal has just decided that, because of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, this could lead to unintentional copyright infringement issues for the label.
Their premise is that if any fan decides to remix one of my masters with material Universal doesn’t own – a “mash-up”, a sample, whatever – and upload it to the site, there is no safe harbor under the DMCA (according to Universal) and they will be doing exactly what MySpace and YouTube are doing. – Reznor via his blog.
It seems Reznor is not supportive, but understand the basis for taking down the site and stopping the project in its tracks. He had already planned to separate from Universal, and has shared his plans to distribute his music directly to fans.
Do you think Universal was right to take down the remix site?
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