DJ Complains After Eagles Force Takedown of His ‘Hotel California’ Remix
At this point, we feel like it’s been fairly well established that if you sample, remix, or otherwise fiddle with someone else’s music without permission, you run the risk of being served with a cease & desist from the original artist’s attorneys. and if you decide to do it with an Eagles track, your odds of attracting the wrong kind of attention are even higher than normal. But that hasn’t stopped a DJ who calls himself Baron Von Luxxury from complaining after his unauthorized remix of ‘Hotel California’ was knocked offline.
Vice’s Noisey blog reports that Luxxury was surprisingly incensed after his remixed ‘Hotel’ — which, the article notes, racked up roughly 300,000 Soundcloud plays during its time on the site — was taken down following a complaint by the Warner Music Group. In fact, instead of expressing the traditional mixture of fan reverence and sheepish guilt, he’s accusing the Eagles of being ungrateful.
“The whole point is to get these into the hands of DJs all over the world who then play it to thousands of people and expose these ancient songs to new audiences in a new way,” he argued to the Wall Street Journal. “In lieu of a thank you — or even paying me a retroactive remixing fee — for exposing their work to a new audience, they’ve just unceremoniously cut off my generous, selfless efforts to keep them relevant.”
To his credit, Luxxury later pointed out that his comments weren’t meant to be taken seriously, and chalked the whole thing up to his lack of experience when it comes to “talking to the press without a publicist.” He initially attempted to move his ‘Hotel California’ remix to that page, but it — and, apparently, all of his other remixes — have been taken offline; as he later told fans, “Sorry but the Luxxury Edits are all offline until further notice. Between the takedown notices I’ve gotten from Youtube, Bandcamp, Beatport, Juno, Mediafire and now Dropbox (who just shut down my account), there’s literally no place I can put them. Warner 1 Luxx 0.”
Eagles fans will recall that this is only the latest in a recent series of spats between the band — whose public point man for copyright battles seems to be Don Henley — and a growing list of younger acts that includes Okkervil River and Frank Ocean. “You just can’t do that,” Henley seethed regarding unauthorized remixes and covers earlier this year. “You can call it a tribute or whatever you want to call it, but it’s against the law. That’s a problem with some of the younger generation, they don’t understand the concept of intellectual property and copyright.”