Congressman meets mash-up artist "Girl Talk"

The EFF's Fred Von Lohmann tells BoingBoing,

In the latest issue of Newsweek, Steven Levy introduces Congressman Mike Doyle to mash-up artist Girl Talk [aka Gregg Gillis, shown in the image above]. Enlightenment and fellow feeling ensues. Those in charge of our nation's copyright policies could use more of this sort of thing.

At our lunch, Doyle, 54 (whose own iPod is filled with the likes of Earth, Wind & Fire and Steely Dan), had a lot of questions for Gillis, 25. How many artists were sampled on his recent album "Night Ripper"? (Gillis: more than 167.) If he had to pay rights to every person he sampled, how costly would it be? (Gillis: who knows? But at the least, "we'd have to sell the album off the shelf for $100 a copy.")