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“The Knife Song”: When Memeification Hurts Instead of Helps

Posted March 7

Korean musician Psy went viral — and mainstream — last year with his tongue-in-cheek song “Gangnam Style,” in part because he chose to waive the copyright on the song so that anyone and everyone could cover it (which they did, in droves). In Psy’s case, those spinoffs and covers helped make the longtime musician a household name in the U.S. In the case of budding musician Rusty Cage, however, the sudden memeification of his jam, “The Knife Song,” had a totally different effect: It took away his ownership.

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