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Negativland iPod auction challenging Apple

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 01 Mar 2005 13:28 User comments (3)

Negativland iPod auction challenging Apple Francis Hwang, director of technology at Rhizome, a digital-arts collective, was blocked from selling a modified iPod on eBay. The device which has received the name Negativland vs. U2 iPod was blocked from auction after Apple complained it violated its copyrights. Hwang has decided now to sell the product on his website instead. He tried to contact Apple for an explanation but received no reply, and still has no idea what, if any, copyright violations occurred.
"I think it's unfortunate that Apple didn't explain to me or anybody else why they did it," said Hwang, "That kind of behaviour seems to speak of an attitude that is very corporate; you are accountable to the shareholders and customers but not to anybody else." Hwang added seven albums from Negativland to the special edition U2 iPod. U2's label, Island Records, sued Negativland in 1991 for using an unlicensed sample of "I still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For."

Hwang believes that the lawsuit was anti-artistic and questioned why Apple would pick U2 for make a special edition iPod. "When you look at the Island Records v. Negativland case you see an internet era intellectual property case before the internet," said Hwang. "I paid money to Apple and I used my own credit card to buy a U2 iPod, this thing that I'm selling is mine to do so." He intends to sell the iPod even if Apple attempt a legal attack, then donate the money made to Downhill Battle.


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3 user comments

11.3.2005 14:15

lol, thats funny. If you think about it he was lucky not to get sued for copyright reasons.

21.3.2005 17:44

why did they even make the u2 edition, how many people do you know are willing to spend an extra 44 dollars just to get their ipod black and red? i think 300 dollars is a bit much for a hd mp3 player, but 344? jesus, are people being brainwashed?

32.3.2005 13:25

I remember seeing that exact iPod on eBay a long time ago, and in the description it mentioned that Apple was angry about it.

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