Brooklyn-based artist Francis Hwang created this modified iPod in commemoration of the 1991 lawsuit filed by U2's record label, Island Records, against Negativland and SST for their release of the album "U2." Hwang’s piece pays tribute to an episode in intellectual property history which would be echoed in later legal battles about sampling, appropriation, and the meaning of originality in a digital age.
The first edition of this iPod was originally offered for sale on eBay in December of 2004, and was taken off of eBay six days later after Apple Computer claimed that Hwang was violating Apple's intellectual property rights by selling it. It was later sold on Hwang's own web site. This new version sold via a silent auction sign-up sheet that was part of the "Negativlandland" art show in New York City.

 

Gigantic Artspace, New York City, September 2005

 

Gigantic Artspace, New York City, September 2005

 

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