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Tuesday September 24, 2002
02:07 PM

Copyright gone awry

[ #7977 ]

"Mine is a much better silent piece. I have been able to say in one minute what Cage could only say in four minutes and 33 seconds."

Mike Batt found himself sued by the John Cage trust because his song, «A One Minute Silence», was a derivative work of John Cage's 1952 composition, «4' 33"», a stretch of silence that was 4:30 long.

Batt paid a huge chunk of change to the John Cage trust to settle the plagiarism suit.

Neither of these allegedly musical pieces actually contain any music, so I'm dumbfounded how there can be any plagiarism involved...

(via Lisa Rein.)

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