Lunch Break Goes All Free Culture On You
I spent a fair chunk of time this weekend cooking to MGMT's "Kids" on repeat. It's best to listen to this song if your boss encourages desk dancing.
For all that, I wasn't going to post it as today's lunch break. It's not only indie, but yesterday's indie. Hipster readers will think me lame and other readers will think me a hipster. It's the worst of both worlds. But then I came across this on Wikipedia:
MGMT recently settled a legal dispute with the president of France, Nicolas Sarkozy. Contrary to popular belief, MGMT did not sue anyone, instead receiving a settlement payment that they plan to donate to a charity to help musicians with similar legal battles. The song "Kids" was used on several occasions without permission (in 2008), at a party conference and in two online videos. The party paid a standard fee of €53 to the French music licensing party, but this license did not cover all uses of the song. The UMP, Sarkozy's political party, admitted that the song had been used without permission and offered a symbolic compensation of €1. The band rejected the offer, claiming it was "insulting". The band's lawyer commented that "we are dealing with acts of counterfeiting, with infringements of intellectual property." Nicolas Sarkozy is known as a vocal supporter of stricter intellectual property laws.
Funny how that works.
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