Just got sent this via email: “Mumford & Sons Warn Against ‘Unauthorized Lending’ of Their CD”
…it seems like Mumford & Sons really want people to hear their super-earnest brand of roots rock. They just don’t want anyone to loan their record to you.
Hidden in the fine print on the back of Babel is an odd provision that clearly states: “The copyright in this sound recording and artwork is owned by Mumford & Sons. Warning: all rights reserved. Unauthorized copying, reproduction, hiring, lending, public performance and broadcasting prohibited.” Most of that all seems legit, but “lending”? Since when can’t people let friends borrow their records?
I’ve heard some people enthuse about this band, and was thinking of picking up Babel if the Amazon haul can justify it (ahem). But I don’t like giving money to jerks. Are these people jerks?