MashupTown, a site that hosts and distributes mashups (two or more songs
ingeniously mixed together to make a third) has taken down all of its files
after complaints from the RIAA to its hosting partner.

Mashups are a really dumb target for the RIAA. There's just no universe in
which someone who downloads a mashup of Prince's 1999 and the Benny Goodman
orchestra performing "In the Mood" thinks, Well, now I've heard that, I have
no need to buy the CDs those songs originated on.

In other words, if the RIAA genuinely only goes after its customers because
it wants to keep from losing sales, attacking mashups won't and can't
accomplish that. This action amounts to the RIAA saying, "This art is
illegal because it displeases us."

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