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The Copyright on Silence


Cage’s famous “4’33” is a three-movement composition that instructs the orchestra not to play for its duration. The idea is that the “music” comes from the ambient sounds of the room. When Berlin-based producer DJ Detweiler uploaded a “remix” of the silent track to “SoundCloud,” it was almost immediately flagged by the music hosting site’s automatic content protection system and removed. Detweiler received a message that the track “may contain copyrighted content.” Detweiler later confessed that he had baited SoundCloud’s censors.