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Can You Copyright Silence?

Welcome to Mad Art Cast Episode #37!

First of all SO sorry for the delay in episodes! We had recorded an entire long form holiday gift guide episode but sadly the technology demons, likely sent out by Krampus, came in and destroyed one of the tracks. We tried and tried to fix it but to no avail. It will now be known as the lost Mad Art Cast episode of 2015. Terribly sorry and we will try to make it up to you.

How will we make it up to you, you ask? WITH LITERALLY NOTHING! Today we present you with this quick and fun little episode about… well… silence!

On this episode we talk about the recent Soundcloud copyright infringement notice and takedown of a song that was a remix of a song- that was comprised of nothing but silence!

What? How can you remix nothing? How can you copyright silence? Listen in as the gang tackles this rather unusual musical topic based around the infamous composition, 4’33” by John Cage.

Link to NY MAG article on the topic.

Here is John Cage performing his silent masterpiece:

Listen to our podcast discussion below or find us on iTunes!


Featured image of stars in Andromeda by Hubble- in the public domain

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Amy Roth

Amy Roth

Amy Davis Roth (aka Surly Amy) is a multimedia artist who resides in Los Angeles, California. She makes Surly-Ramics and is the founder and president of the Los Angeles Women's Atheist and Agnostic Group: LAWAAG. She is also the fearless leader of Mad Art Lab and cohost of Mad Art Cast. Support her on Patreon. Follow her on twitter: @SurlyAmy or on Google+.

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