International dance music superstar Joel Zimmerman (p.k.a. Deadmau5) has found himself in the courtroom once again. The notorious twitter bully and social media antihero is back in the face of justice, though this time it is to defend his… moral rights?
Mr. Zimmerman recently filed a multimillion dollar law suit against Play Records its operator, artist Meleny “melleefresh” Brown over the use of bootleg remixes and mashups.
For any of those who do not know the difference between a remix and a mashup: a remix is an approved recreation of a piece using stems from the original recording, and a mashup is a combination of two or more songs (i.e if you laid Twinkle Twinkle Little Star over the Star Wars theme song). A mashup does not use stems from an original recording, but rather pieces of full recordings placed on top of each other to create a new, still recognizable work).
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Deadmau5 is essentially most upset over the fact that Play Records has authorized remixes and mashups to be made without his consent, and released without his approval. In addition to the pending unauthorized releases, Zimmerman claims that they are also not of “good technical and commercial quality.” One interesting piece outlined by this case is the differences of moral rights and laws in various countries and the varying definition of “Fair Use” from country to country.
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