[rumori] more on musicdish public enemy article

From: Steev Hise (steevATdetritus.net)
Date: Sun Jul 22 2001 - 21:24:59 PDT

this bounced to me because this person isn't on the list.


To whom it may concern:

I apologize if I mislead anyone with my recent
MusicDish article about Public Enemy.

Our target audience is substantially new media
professionals. When I placed quotations around the
phrase "open source", I assumed most of our readers
would understand that I was being "tongue in cheek"
and not literal.

Either way, I take responsibility if this caused any
misunderstanding. I will forward your info to my
superiors. We will publish a clarification if

Chas - MusicDish

--- "R. John Heck" <heckATvolny.cz> wrote:
> Thank you for invitation, I had to click in
> agreement to their terms to hear.
> The writer of the article got it wrong. To call a song
> contest promotion 'open source' is to stretch an
> overused phrase out of proportion of its established
> meaning. The free use of an open source work is granted
> provided any works based upon it are also open source.
> Public Enemy's project is simply the making of another
> Public Enemy album, with PE apparently taking ownership
> of the derived works. To call this project 'Open Source'
> belies both a complete misunderstanding of the practice,
> as well as lazy journalism signalled by an overeagerness
> to pepper the text with trendy buzzwords. The one
> responsible for the misleading invitation is the writer
> of the article: ltvnetATmusicdish.com.
> In PE's defence, neither they nor their site
> SlamJamz.com use the phrase 'open source' in their texts
> concerning the project. Mr. ltvnet should know better,
> as he's close to the business, that the kind of
> contracts provided to music entities, entertainers, and
> media personnel don't allow the freedom to give away the
> goods.
> Open source is like a truly public library filled with
> public domain materials, where you are granted the key
> to the stacks for the simple fact that you live in the
> community. The result of so many young persons having
> access to such a powerful institution through their
> formative years forms the hope that someday one of them
> may make a mature contribution to those stacks, to the
> benefit of all.
> Public Enemy has made significant contributions to
> music, and we mean them no disrespect, but their output
> has been locked up by and shelved behind a cash register
> down the street. Their current project exploits their
> fanbase, many of whom are no doubt eager to appear on a
> PE release, regardless of the legal requirements. The
> Tape-beatles see the offering of $1000 as a kind of
> insult; why not simply ask the public to collaborate
> without the collusion of lucre?
> The Tape-beatles and Public Works Productions
> http://pwp.detritus.net
> >http://www.musicdish.com/mag/?id=4175 > >Public Enemy
> Goes 'Open Source'? >By: LTVNET (Associate Writer)
> >2001-07-16 >Now THIS could be an answer to the
> so-called file-sharing dilemma. >Put the file-sharing
> public to WORK! >Public Enemy of "Fight the Power" fame
> is producing their next CD >with an "open source" twist.
> If you wanna get involved, you better >get hoppin'.
> After September 14, 2001, your "big opportunity" is
> >gone. >Each week, download a newly recorded a cappella
> vocal track from >Public Enemy. Produce some music
> tracks around the vocals and upload >your unique version
> back to them. Winners get $1,000 per song plus >an album
> credit. How 'bout that? >They're stressing innovation
> and quality. Go Techno or even Country >if it works.
> >This collection will fall under Public Enemy's own
> record label >SlamJamz.com, as they move aggressively to
> retain more creative and >marketing control of their
> products. PE is also partnering with >House of Blues
> Digital for a DVD of Public Enemy live in concert.
> >Both products are scheduled for release this year.
> >Chuck D of Public Enemy is notorious for his
> "pro-Napster/anti-major >label" views. In 1999, they
> released an MP3 version of their CD >"There's A Poison
> Goin' On," before the release of the actual CD. >This
> ruffled the fathers of many traditional retail outlets
> who >initially responded by refusing to carry PE's CD in
> their stores. >For details on the contest, go to
> SlamJamz.com.

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