A Ringtone Tragedy
Last week we discussed some possibilities for a YLNT-branded video game. During that conversation, Merlin accidentally revealed a bit of the forthcoming game’s soundtrack. It was a pretty big mistake: the game’s soundtrack has been a closely guarded secret for months.
This morning, our carrier pigeon returned from Asia with some very sad news.
An entrepreneur in Kowloon heard the episode and turned that tiny whiff of melody into a million-plus selling cassingle. You think we’ll receive royalty payments on those sales? Ha! We’ll never see a single 仙. It’s piracy folks, plain and simple.
Worse, YLNT “fan” Neven Mrgan made a ringtone out of it. Worser, he put it on the internet for anyone to download. Worsest of all, it’s fantastic.
A single call to the legal team we share with NBC Universal could bury this “Neven” under a pile of C&D’s. But what can we do? The music is already out there. The cat’s out of the bag. The train’s left the station. The seed’s been spilled.
So instead of suing Neven, we’ll give him a taste of his own medicine. Please take Neven’s ringtone and use it to make your own version. As an example, Scott has already made a party version of the track.
Post a link to the mp3 or flash version of your ringtone in the comments (or on Twitter) so we can all check it out.
Here’s an AIFF file of the original snippet. The tempo is ~123.5 BPM. Use it to make ringtone history.
Of course, we’re just jokin’ about the Neven stuff above. He’s the greatest, and for his honorable service to YLNT has been made the very first 4-Star Salami Captain. All works are made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-ShareAlike license. Or something. Also, Hong Kong seems like an OK place.