Keeping bootlegs and dj mixes up on Soundcloud is tricky business. Users who try to do so risk getting their own account suspended – which is why some artists choose to manage secondary bootleg accounts. Why not just take the legal alternative? Let’s make an average EDM mix set to find out how that would work:
Well sorry for this being disappointing so fast. There are thirty tracks in there but at this point, this is all of the mix we’re able to upload. Surely a later version of the mix will be a little more fleshed out. But this is all we can do for now (legally), and here’s why:
Quick explanation on why this probably won’t be easy
Sure, remixing and sharing content looks like something that comes very natural to the Soundcloud user base. Try searching for Swedish singer Zara Larsson for instance, the search will return over 500 results. Some remixers, like LA dj Carnage, even had their remixes accepted and released: Carnage’s Spaceman remix was a free bootleg before Hardwell’s Revealed Recordings found and signed it. On top of isolated examples there are some older arguments for remixing as well. American film director Jim Jarmusch has a fair one:
Still, copyright law simply won’t allow you sharing someone else’s work online. That’s the exclusive right of the creator. Professor Lawrence Lessig of Harvard Law describes the contradiction between two ideas in his 2008 book “Remix – Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy”. Creators around the world transitioned from ‘read/write culture’ (RW) to a ‘read/only culture’ (RO) at a point where carriers such as the gramophones started to catch on. The selling of physical copies is a business model, artist’s works are protected by copyrights in order for these creatives to be able to make a living off of their own work, and not be ripped off by third parties.
Pro-copyright vs. anti-copyright
These two ideas clash on Soundcloud. Since early beginnings in 2007 Soundcloud has been a dj’s tool to easily upload and share mixes without too much worrying about copyrights. It’s a dj’s job: stringing together other people’s creative works to form a new whole. But it seems that this is where the music industry has caught up. All three Major labels signed deals with Soundcloud that include arrangements for fair compensation for copyright holders. And in response Soundcloud – seemingly struggling to find a revenue model – together with Zefr upped its take down game on mixers who did not have their copyrights sorted out, including dj’s.
It’s too easy and probably not that fair to frame this story as if it were ‘camp copyright’ versus ‘camp creativity’. Most of the artists that are (yet to be) included in the mixtape both profit from copyright law as well as arguably challenge it by uploading bootlegs. Previously mentioned, Lawrence Lessig is an advocate of copyright reform while dismissing the classic conflict story:
Which is why we’re experimenting with an actual mix on Soundcloud. It’s a hands-on approach to see what does or doesn’t work while trying to remix other people’s creative works in an online environment that – by now – is much influenced by copyright law.
|1||Riton – Rinse & Repeat (Shoe Scene Remix)||16||Dodge & Fuski – Rewind (Flusk Remix)|
|2||JAUZ – Feel The Volume (Cajama Remix)||17||Autoerotique – AUH (Hearts Remix)|
|3||Dallerium & Twisted Tom – Hypocrite||18||Firebeatz – Trigga Finga|
|4||Melanie Martinez – Cry Baby (Pnut & Jelly remix)||19||Givano – Timeless|
|5||Ben van Kuringen – Maze||20||Screapers – Voices|
|6||REZarin, Avenc & Richard Woods – Come Alive||21||Malik Bash – Crash|
|7||Malaa – Notorious (Crankdat Remix)||22||Feedson ft. Edward D’Garch – Losing Control|
|8||Kharfi – Good Guys||23||Thomas May – Galaxy|
|9||Stripclub & Skyler – Jumanji||24||Morgan Page – Safe Till Tomorrow (Pegboard Nerds Remix)|
|10||Reid Stefan ft. Awsumo & Ultra Cat – Hands On My Knees||25||DBSTF – B U M P|
|11||V A L E N T I N E x 3lo – Initiation||26||Van Dalen – Hands Up|
|12||Jessica Audiffred – K.O.||27||Lumberjack – Revolt|
|13||Panic City – Ill||28||Avi8 & Cyber – Emptiness|
|14||SNAILS x Protohype – Take It Off||29||Lil Kleine & Ronnie Flex – Drank & Drugs (Dr Phunk Remix)|
|15||Breezer – Juggernaut||30||Distance – Silence|
And here’s the only track we’re absolutely positive we’re allowed to post. Next post will be about basic copyright, continue here.
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