Monday, June 04, 2007

The White Stripes - Effect and Cause (Live on Later... with Jools Holland)

I rather enjoyed this comment from Web Sheriff, no doubt on behalf of the record companies. It tries to not be heavy handed but methinks its failed.

"Kindly remove all unreleased WHITE STRIPES torrent files / keys and links from this site / thread immediately, failing which - regrettably - a DMCA notification shall be forwarded to the site and take-down action shall follow : naturally, however, we hope that this shall not prove to be necessary.

As you will surely know, traffic on this (unreleased) album is being monitored and removed ... .. and not just by Web Sheriff, but also by Warners and their attorneys so, if you have to indulge in this activity (which Jack and Meg would rather you didn‘t), then do it off-line / do not ‘broadcast‘ it. Otherwise your details will be harvested and you may be hearing from Warners and / or the RIAA.

On behalf of the artists label, we do appreciate that - of course - you are a fans of / are promoting THE WHITE STRIPES but, by the same token, you must also appreciate that, by posting a pirate copy of the album or tracks from the album pre-release (or linking to pirate copies), you are potentially causing considerable inconvenience and we are sure that you would not want to be personally responsible (or liable) for all of the resulting damage.

Thank you for respecting the artist‘s and label‘s wishes and, if you want good quality, non-pirated preview tracks, NME magazine are offering 2 tracks by The White Stripes on coloured vinyl with next week‘s issue.

Whilst writing, we‘d add that we‘re not at all against free music but, at the end of the day, it should be (and is) the artist‘s decision as to whether or not they allow albums to circulate before release, as it‘s THEIR MUSIC !! For the avoidance of doubt, the Q101 broadcast was NOT authorised (so there are no double standards applying here).

As you will appreciate, this e-mail - containing, as it does, a position that is potentially prejudicial to our clients open / formal position - is written on a without prejudice basis and, as such, all of our clients accumulated, worldwide rights remain strictly reserved : please excuse this required formality."

To lighten the mood here is a live track from the new White Stripes album Icky Thump entitled Effect and Cause which was played on Later... with Jools Holland.

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