An Inclusive Litany

7/24/02

After a British band named the Planets released an album containing a track aptly called "A One Minute Silence," they were sued by the firm that owns the copyright to a composition by John Cage—the late avant garde composer—that contains exactly 4 minutes and 33 seconds of silence. The plaintiff alleges that Cage "always said the duration of his piece may be changed, so the Planets' piece doesn't escape by virtue of its shorter length."

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