Party Ben Gets DMCA’d

This is really, really bad news for the entire mashup community. [Party Ben](, maker of the Sixx Mixx and other fantastical mashups, has gotten a DMCA notice from Yahoo:

SIXX MIXX 94 – 07/15/05
Currently unavailable…
From: Yahoo Webhosting
RE: The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (“IFPI”) and/or IFPI’s agent has notified Yahoo! Inc. (“Yahoo!”) that you have posted copyrighted material in connection with your Yahoo!® Web hosting service, which is proprietary to IFPI. IFPI and/or IFPI’s agent has further notified Yahoo! that you are not authorized to use the material in question at: Yahoo! respects the rights of both its users and the owners and rights holders of intellectual property. Accordingly, and in compliance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and/or other applicable federal law(s), Yahoo! expeditiously removed or disabled access to the copyrighted material in question. Through your use of Yahoo!® Web hosting services you agree to abide by the Yahoo! Terms of Service as well as any additional Terms of Service applicable to you. The current Yahoo! Terms of Service may be reviewed at: Pursuant to Section 6 of the Terms of Service, Member Conduct, you agree not to use Yahoo!® services to “upload, post, email, transmit or otherwise make available any Content that infringes any patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright or other proprietary rights . . . of any party.”

Ben writes:

> I’ve got too many enemies… It was bound to happen someday. I have just received a “Notice of Infringement” letter from Yahoo, my webhosting company, regarding, weirdly, only Sixx Mixx 94, which was posted on the Sixx Mixx page. They have removed the “offending file.” (If you ask me, the mixing in #92 was more offensive, wocka wocka wocka).
> Unfortunately, it’s hard to imagine that the rest of this little website and its myriad of other mp3s will be ignored. Yahoo has notified me that “reciept of another notice of infringement… may result in the termination of all Yahoo! services and your Yahoo ID.” So, this may be goodbye, interschnitzel friends: if you come by and you get a “not found,” you’ll know why. If that happens, I promise I’ll try and find a way to come back.

See also [this discussion thread on GYBO](, which lots of posts from Ben as well as dj BC and others in the community.


Four Pack Of Mashups

I’m frequently scouring the net for the latest and greatest in mashups and bootlegs, and this week I’ve struck pure gold with four fantastic tracks. So, to share the love, here’s some recommendations:

WHO: [Boppledanger](
WHAT: Requiem For An Usher
HOW: Usher’s *Yeah!* crossed with Clint Mansell’s *Summer Overture*. That’s right. The theme from *Requiem For A Dream*.
WHY: Sure, *Yeah!* had a nice hook of an instrumental before, but it’s 10x better as a power ballad.

WHO: [DJ Earworm](
WHAT: [Policy Of Sweet Dreams](
HOW: Eurythmic’s *Sweet Dreams* blended into Depeche Mode’s *Policy Of Truth*
WHY: You take two great synthpop hits of the 80’s like this, and you have to wonder why you never realized why they fit together so well before.

WHO: [Party Ben](
WHAT: [(Triple) Freak Me Out](
HOW: It’s a three way dance: Chic’s *Good Times* plus The Beasties’ *Triple Trouble* plus Franz Ferdinand’s *Take Me Out*
WHY: *Good Times* is one of the classics of disco; the first song sampled into hip-hop (see: Rapper’s Delight). *Triple Trouble* is the most mashed Beasties song in the last year, and who can blame the scene: it’s a good old-school style Beasties rap. And *Take Me Out* needs no explanation. Ain’t no party like a Party Ben party.

WHO: [Lionel Vinyl](
WHAT: Danger! Hard Lola
HOW: Another threesome: Shapeshifter’s *Lola’s Theme* vs. Busta Rhymes’ *Dangerous* vs. Daft Punk’s *Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger*
WHY: Because this is the best one of the four. I am a sucker for Busta Rhymes in the proper context. I am an even bigger sucker for modern disco house. And I like Daft Punk just fine. This is seven minutes and thirty seconds of audio sex.