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Can You Copyright Silence? DJ Detweiler Versus Soundcloud

Conceptual internet artist DJ Detweiler has shared a copyright takedown notice from Soundcloud concerning his remix of John Cage’s famous 4’33”.

Cage’s piece, which solely consists of “silence,” was intended to draw attention to the environment in which it is performed. Detweiler nails the mere existence of Soundcloud’s copyright algorithm with this one. There is a long history of copyright infringments around John Cage’s silent work—head here to learn more.