Published Nov 25, 2008Grizzly Bear landed themselves in an awkward situation this week after being nailed by the copyright police for sharing an Animal Collective track from the yet-to-be-released Merriweather Post Pavilion album, a move thats now led to a public apology.
On Wednesday, the AC song "Brothersport found a home on Grizzly Bears blog, with the bands Ed Droste saying he hadnt "fallen in love with an Animal Collective song so hard since 'Leaf House!" But that bit of shared enthusiasm didnt last long.
Soon the internets own personal leak patrol, the Web Sheriff, gave Grizzly Bear a little of the old cease and desist, reports Stereogum, accusing the band of serving as "the global-leak-source of the track."
The Sheriff went on to add: "As such, both the individuals collectively trading/performing as 'Grizzly Bear' and, indeed, yourself are personally liable to our said clients [Animal Collective] for all commercial and other losses arising from this blatant act of piracy."
As a result of being the "global-leak-source," Grizzly Bear were forced to take down the MP3 and replace it with a Sheriff-penned apology to Animal Collective, Domino and the Web Sheriff itself.
Heres what that apology says:
"Following contact from Web Sheriff, we can confirm that Grizzly Bear has withdrawn its stream of unreleased material by the Domino Records artist Animal Collective:
"Grizzly Bear wish to apologize to Animal Collective, Domino and Web Sheriff for the disruption caused to their marketing and release plans by this leak.
Also, along with the mandated apology letter, which must stay posted for seven days, theres this little add-on just in case you think this is all a joke:
"As you will appreciate, this is no laughing matter and, as such, should you refuse or otherwise fail to comply with the above request, we would ask you, in the alternative, to simply provide us with the details of the US attorneys, UK solicitors, French advocats and German advocats whom you would instruct in relation to the service of such multi-jurisdictional proceedings as shall ensue."
Neither Grizzly Bear, Domino, nor Animal Collective have commented on the matter, but Domino did confirm to Pitchfork that they hired the Web Sheriff.
Only time will tell if Animal Collective will play it by the book or choose to get sweet revenge when Grizzly Bear release their upcoming follow-up to Yellow House.
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