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Insensitive — copyright implications of Jann Arden’s stand

By Bob Tarantino

Twitter began to light up on 7 August 2014 when Canadian singer/songwriter Jann Arden (@jannarden) began to object, via a series of tweets, to the practice of Calgary radio station 90.3 AMP of playing shortened versions of songs. From a CBC news story on the matter, the station ‘essentially slashes Top 40 songs in half so the station can run 24 songs an hour instead of 12’; evidently 90.3 AMP is drawing on the work of Sparknet Communications, which provides ‘Quickhitz remixes’. Arden’s objections eventually culminated in her call to boycott the station for ‘butchering’ and ‘disrespecting’ artists and their work.

Arden’s tweets were sometimes profane and often humorous — here’s one that we’re comfortable reproducing on a suitable-for-families blog and which pithily summarises her concerns with the practice…

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