The Boston Phoenix reports a week ago Tuesday, despite the threat of legal action, some 170 Web sites offered for download DJ Danger Mouse’s ‘The Grey Album’ — an amalgam of the vocals from every song on Jay-Z’s ‘The Black Album’ (Roc-A-Fella) remixed with music taken entirely from The Beatles (Capitol), a/k/a ‘The White Album’. At least 400 more Web sites were shaded gray as a sign of solidarity. ‘Grey Tuesday’, as it was called, was characterized by its organizers as an act of coordinated civil disobedience against the restrictive nature of copyright laws. EMI, which publishes the Beatles’ catalogue, called it “a serious violation of Capitol’s rights,” and cease-and-desist notices arrived on the doorsteps of the participating sites on February 23. The full story at bostonphoenix.com has since been removed.
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