The latest victims of the music recording industry’s avowed animosity towards the MP3 audio compression standard (CI No 3,551) are hip-hop legends Public Enemy, who have been made to take MP3s of songs from their latest album off their web site. The culprit is none other than their own record label. Unlike Diamond Multimedia Systems Inc, which is battling a lawsuit brought by the Recording Industry Association of America, Public Enemy is pulling no punches in its outrage over the labels’ attempts to dictate how MP3 recordings of copyrighted works may be distributed. Today Polygram/Universal or whatever the fuck they’re now called forced us to remove the mp3 version of Bring The Noise 2000, said band leader Chuck D in a message posted to the Public Enemy site, the execs, lawyers and accountants who have lately made most of the money in the music biz, are now running scared from the technology that evens out the creative field and makes artists harder to pimp.
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