When the copyright cartel attacked the Grey Album (a critically acclaimed unauthorized remix), we organized “Grey Tuesday.” For 24 hours, over 170 sites made the album available in protest, defying legal threats. Also see our more recent, 3 Notes and Runnin’ project.
Grey Tuesday demonstrated a huge need for a permanent resource that could make the music effectively banned by copyright law available to everyone. So we built bannedmusic.org using our own customized p2p delivery system.
An international student movement for free culture (free speech, free software, a democratic internet) could be the most important student movement of the decade. Downhill Battle, working with pioneers like SCDC, is getting it rolling.
Downhill Battle’s second project, the Peer-to-Peer Legal Defense Fund, raised money for families that were sued by the major record labels for filesharing. The Fund itself is peer-to-peer: contributions go directly from donor to recipient.
It’s important to get our message out in lots of different ways. For two weeks before Christmas 2003, whatacrappypresent.com was getting 20,000-40,000 unique visitors per day.
Downhill Battle’s first project, this critique and parody of Apple’s iTunes Music Store looks at the questions that really matter: how does the service affect music lovers, musicians, and the structure of the music industry?
A response to and protest of the Sixth Circuit sampling ruling.
iPods hold so much music that very few people can fill them at 99 cents / song — but there is an alternative.
A group of website opposed to the RIAA lawsuits campaign.
Interviews with leading independent musicians and labels.