Sunday, January 10, 2010

"NirGaga" forced to be removed from Best of Bootie 2009 CD

Bootie just received its first "cease-and-desist" letter, for DJ Lobsterdust's "NirGaga" (Nirvana vs. Lady Gaga) track on the Best of Bootie 2009 CD:

To Whom It May Concern:
EMI Entertainment World, Inc. ('EMI") is the owner and/or administrator of certain copyrighted content which is currently being reproduced, displayed, transmitted and distributed without authorization on (the "Site"), including, without limitation, a sample and download of "Smells Like Teen Spirit" by Nirvana (the "Copyrighted Work"). The unauthorized reproduction, display, transmission and distribution via the Internet of the Copyrighted Work without our express permission constitutes copyright infringement in violation of Title 17 U.S. Code, Section 106(a) of the Copyright Act of 1976, and other international copyright laws.
This e-mail shall serve as EMI's good faith notice to you that you are to immediately remove the Copyrighted Work, “Smells Like Teen Spirit" by Nirvana as well as any other unauthorized EMI material. Once the Copyrighted Work, has been removed from the Site, please send us written confirmation of the same.
This notice is written without prejudice to the rights and remedies of EMI and its songwriters at law or at equity, all of which we hereby expressly reserve. Thank you.

Infringement Compliance Unit │ EMI Music Publishing
a: 75 Ninth Avenue │ 4th Floor │ New York, NY 10011


We find it interesting that while "Smells Like Teen Spirit" is probably one of the most mashed-up songs out there, it took someone using Kurt Cobain's vocals and lyrics rather than the iconic instrumentation to bring about a "Copyright Infringement Notice."

We have complied with the request and have since replaced the track with one of the bonus tracks, DJ Moule's "Hey, C La Vie," which just narrowly missed the original cut of the album.

This now means that the original version of the Best of Bootie 2009 CD is now a collector's item!

This also allowed us to add DJ Schmolli's "The Trooper Believer" (Iron Maiden vs. The Monkees) as an additional bonus track.

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