Uh-oh. NYT gives Girl Talk the full feature, focusing on copyright, which could be the beginning of the end. Andy thinks the lawsuit drops with the physical album next month, which seems like a decent bet.
I hope there is a lawsuit. Given the unique nature of his work - the transformative nature of it, in legal terms - I think he would have a decent chance of prevailing in a lawsuit. It would require a court to revisit some existing fair use precedents, but I think a number of circuits might be receptive. A verdict in favor of Gillis, if upheld on appeal, would be disastrous for the record labels. They may wait, not until the cd drops, but rather to see if Gillis spawns a bunch of other successful copycats of his technique. Only that might spur a lawsuit. One other thing that might make the labels wary of suing is that they probably can count on Gillis receiving pro bono representation from very qualified copyright lawyers who are eager to rewrite and strengthen existing fair use law.
posted by dean wermr at 11:24 PM on August 7, 2008
On one side you have the record labels and the FBI, on the other you have the Illegal Art powerhouse (the previous GT album was pushed as "having a legal strategy all ready to go"), Lessig, Doctorow, and all their respective armies. Easy to see this one going all the way to the supreme court.
posted by alesh at 7:33 AM on August 8, 2008
I heard Girl Talk being played at Crush Urban Life Style on Thursday night.
posted by James at 1:38 AM on August 9, 2008
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