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Andy Baio recounts his legal trouble (and defends himself in the court of public opinion) over the cover art for Kind of Bloop (an excellent chiptune interpretation of the jazz classic, for those who don’t know). It’s an interesting, unfortunate story and a sad reminder that just because something likely falls under “fair use” (however poorly defined that term is) doesn’t mean you can afford to defend yourself.
While the album is still available for sale, it’s now without the (original, perfect) cover art. If you buy the album and want the proper cover art, please send me an email. Whatever “non-infringing” cover art Andy chooses, it won’t be as good as the original.
So, if things are so great for the indies, does that mean loads of people are making loads of money? Not at all. But the false notion there is that any musicians were before! We haven’t moved from an age of riches in music to an age of poverty in music. We’ve moved from an age of massive debt and no creative control in music to an age of solvency and creative autonomy. It really is win/win.
“I find this sound quality [of MP3s] stuff both fascinating and ridiculous. It’s like the pixel resolution of digital cameras: higher numbers are better, but that discussion always pushes the actual photography to one side, somehow.”