The .mp3s can be downloaded
, buy if you support sampling you can buy a copy from Illegal Art for $9. Via Waxy
STAY FREE'S ILLEGAL ART COMPILATION CD
01 Negativland - U2: Special Edit Radio Mix (5:46)
02 Biz Markie - Alone Again (2:52) *
03 People Like Us - Swinglargo (5:20)
04 Culturcide - They Aren't the World (4:30) *
05 The Evolution Control Committee - Rocked by Rape (4:28)
06 Beastie Boys - Rock Hard (4:53) *
07 Dummy Run - f.d.(1:23)
08 John Oswald - black (2:01)
09 Corporal Blossom - White Christmas (3:19)
10 Tape-beatles - Reality of Matter (2:37)
11 Public Enemy - Psycho of Greed (3:11)
12 The Verve - Bittersweet Symphony (4:35) *
13 Wobbly - Clawing Your Eyes Out Down to Your Throat (1:21)
14 De La Soul - Transmitting Live from Mars (1:07) *
15 Buchanan and Goodman - The Flying Saucer (4:18) *
16 The JAMs - The Queen and I (4:50) *
17 Elastica - Connection (2:20) *
18 Steinski and Mass Media - The Motorcade Sped On (4:26) *
19 Invisibl Skratch Piklz - white label edit (5:30) *
20 Xper.Xr - Wu-chu-tung (1:43)
21 Boone Bischoff - Happy Birthday To You (0:28)
* used without permission
Music has always been a craft of borrowing. In traditional, or folk, music, melodies and lyrics were handed down from generation to generation. At every stage, musicians would change the tune or substitute words at will, adapting songs to their own situations.
Like their predecessors, the artists featured here have drawn from the music around them--whether by borrowing a guitar riff or taking a digital sample--to create something new. But unlike their folk ancestors, they all run the risk of getting sued....
For our culture to be a space for free expression and for creativity to flourish, audio artists must be able to build on bits and pieces of preexisting music. While the "fair use" doctrine allows artists to appropriate other works, it does so only in cases of commentary or parody. Fair use doesn't apply to the majority of "second-takers," those artists who reuse sounds without directly referring to the original.
Most of these tracks would never have existed if the artists had adhered to copyright law. Many other works might never be heard unless we act soon to grant artists the right to create them.