In the same week Chumbwamba deaded, What-Was-Once-Crass-But-Now-Knows-Better-Than-Not-To-Enforce-Its-Copyright successfully complained to file-sharing site Mediafire to have several of its recordings removed. Further, in response to the complaint, Mediafire apparently removed not only the Crass material (por ejemplo) but over 3000 other albums uploaded to the site by accounts closely associated with the ANARCHO-PUNK and PIRATE-PUNK websites. I’m surprised there’s been (or seems to have been) little or no music industry reportage on the incident… but, like, whatever. You can read the butthurt on the anarcho-punk site here.
Have Crass become the anarcho-punk equivalent of Metallica?
Enquiring minds want to know!
On a more serious note, the incident raises some really interesting questions about copyright, intellectual property, love and labour, and if I wasn’t so jaded I’d probably even explore them. Speaking of which, here’s an old song by a band a guy in which later wrote a really annoying shampoo jingle.
See also : Andy Capper, Anarchy And Peace, Litigated, Vice, August 1, 2010 | Steve Ignorant @ The Tote, Collingwood (17th June 2011) (June 18, 2011).