In 2003, Joyce Hatto became one of the most famous pianists in the world, thanks to a fraud hatched by her husband, William Barrington-Coupe.

It took years before the fraud was exposed, revealing how the music world had been hoodwinked with breath-taking audacity.

Featuring revealing interviews with some of the leading lights of the classical music world taken in by the scam, The Great Piano Scam unpicks Barrington-Coupe's astonishing masterplan, detailing how the industry and music lovers alike were conned into believing that a woman in her 70s had managed to record over 100 phenomenal CDs.
wiki account / via things mag
- bill 6-26-2010 3:55 pm

Interesting (wikiarticle). "'one of the most extraordinary cases of piracy the record industry had ever seen,' according to a BPI spokesman." Are they going to sue? Nah. Classical music nerds are worse than audiophiles (I suppose there is overlap.) This must have been the only topic burning up the Usenet. If I was the husband I'd say she was the Kathy Acker of classical piano.
- tom moody 6-26-2010 6:11 pm [add a comment]

digital theft. hah hah. "hey those are my ones and zeros."

- bill 6-26-2010 6:57 pm [add a comment]

Eventually I'll get a link up to a great Richard Stallman piece that argues against the term "intellectual property." Copyright, trademark and patent each are creatures of very specific sets of laws and circumstances and he believes lumping them together is a deliberate attempt to confuse and condition the public into accepting broad claims of property rights that basically do not exist. Hatto's hubby cleverly "remixed" some fancy old piano stuff and fooled the stuffed shirts with these new electronic compositions. Of course that makes him a pirate and fraud, yet not enough to sue "because we feel sorry for him and his wife," of course.
- tom moody 6-26-2010 11:34 pm [add a comment]

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