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  • Screwed by the Lawyers: The "U2" single, which featured unautorized sampling of U2's "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For", and came in a sleeve which had "U2" in huge letters and "Negativland" in smaller letters underneath. U2's record label Island Records were not best pleased and tried to sue Negativland and SST Records for (supposedly) attempting to pass off the release as a U2 album. Even after Island backed down (it took a while), the single still couldn't be legally issued because of ongoing objections from Casey Kasem, whose outtakes had also been sampled on the disc. The tracks were eventually made available for free download after Kasem's death.
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  • Streisand Effect: The "U2" single would probably have remained little-known but for Island Records attempting to sue Negativland and SST. Although the record itself ended up in limbo for years, not only did Negativland get a lot of free publicity out of it, but Island came out of it looking so bad that nobody's seriously tried to sue Negativland since.
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