Negativland

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Negativland is an experimental band from America who remixes or ‘culture jams’ appropriated material and music into art that is completely different from the originals.Mark Hosler, Richard Lyons,David Wills, aka The Weatherman and Peter Conheim make up the group’s current members, also  founders of record label ‘Seeland Records‘, created as a means to release the band’s controversial music. Audio and visuals are collaborated into a single piece of work that is made into something alternative, however since the group’s formation in 1979, the group have faced only two lawsuits involving copyright infringement

In 1991 Negativland released a single with the large title ‘U2’ displayed on the packaging, and ‘Negativland’ in a much smaller font. U2’s Island Records label sued Negativland in response for violating trademark law. Negativland argue that their use of U2’s and others’ material falls under the fair use clause, and released a book and CD package titled ‘Fair Use: The Story of the Letter U and the Numeral 2, focusing on the lawsuit.

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